Yes Michigan basketball fans, it's time to get your minds off of Nate Lubick. This skilled big man was offered weeks before Lubick visited UM for the last time, even competing against him at John Beilein's Elite Camp this summer in Ann Arbor, and yes, he held his own. This forward has seen his stock rise throughout the summer and the attention has grown because of it.
His name is Will Regan. Schools on the East; Maryland and Virginia Tech, the Midwest; Michigan, Penn State, Notre Dame and the West; Arizona State and Stanford are fighting for Regan's services.
"The ones I'm hearing the most from right now are Michigan, Stanford, Arizona State, Penn State and Maryland. Those are the five showing the most interest. Those are my five favorites I guess. Other schools have communicated too, but they don't really communicate that much."
Each one of the interested parties have offered, except for Stanford. " Ithink it's more because of grades," Regan explained.
When looking for a University to attend, Regan elaborated on what goes into his thought process. "Academics, what position your put in for basketball, including style of play and your ability to succeed. Having a coach that you feel you can get along with (is also of importance)."
Coach Beilein's style of play is not foreign to the versatile forward. He remembers watching those pesky Mountaineer teams and how the new Wolverine coach utilizes his big men and the overall feel for the offense.
"I remember following Coach Beilein when he was at West Virginia and the style of play is going to be similar to that. He expects the big men to be versatile."
And Regan is just that.
"My strengths are being down low and finishing on the post. A hidden strength, that most people don't know is my ability to handle the ball. In AAU I never really needed to. I also can shoot it like a foot or two behind the arc."
And that is exactly what the Michigan program is looking for. Deshawn Sims is the only true power forward on scholarship for U of M until they land another. While Beilein and staff are still heavily recruiting Angus Brandt (update coming soon) for the class of '09, Regan would provide much needed quality depth in the post.
He has already taken four unofficial visits (Michigan, Arizona State, Penn State and Notre Dame), but more are on the way. Having visited Michigan already once during the summer for camp, Beilein & staff are putting themselves in great position, receiving another unofficial from Regan in the next couple of weeks.
"I'm going to go to Michigan in two weeks and then I'm going up to Maryland in November sometime."
A decision is still a ways off for the young man, noting odds are he waits until next AAU season to announce.
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