Matt Poches caught our attention on the basketball ball court both during his high school season and on the AAU circuit. This is a young man that has a very solid game. Sure he can shoot it from the outside, but his best trait is the way he attacks the basket. The 6-foot-3, 175 pound shooting guard scores in the lane with regularity.
Because of his versatility, the Michigan basketball staff has kept a close eye on him. He was one of the attendees and last summer's elite camp in Ann Arbor, and he made his way back to campus with his dad for the Michigan/Michigan State game last Saturday.
"I loved it," Poches told GoBlueWolverine. "The visit... the atmosphere... I had a good time."
The Hartland product has taken great interest in John Beilein's program and he spent time with Michigan's headman talking about how he might fit in.
"Coach Beilein is really nice," stated Poches. "He told me he likes what I can do on the court. I love Coach Beilein's style. I like the way Michigan plays. They play with a football mentality of getting up and down the court."
Poches also had a chance to connect with the players.
"I liked the players," he said. "They showed me some love. I was with Anthony Wright; he is real cool and we just hung our and chilled."
Although Coach Beilein is recruiting Pochesfor basketball, it sounds like Coach Rodriguez and football staff will be taking a look as well. That certainly isn't a surprise considering his status as a big-play wideout on Hartland's football team. At this point, Poches isn't ready to decide which sporting path to go down in college. As a result, he plans to keep his options open.
As a wideout this season in nine games he has 25 catches for 430 yards and 9 touchdowns. In basketball he played as a freshmen, but he is expected him to start and be a major contributor for his team this season.
"I like both sports as far as football or basketball is concerned," said Poches. "I am getting mail (for football) from Texas, UCLA, Michigan and Michigan State."
It is still early, but look for Michigan to keep close tabs on this up and coming prospect.
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