ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan basketball program received National Letters of Intent today (Nov. 12) from four student-athletes during the early signing period: Blake McLimans, a 6-10 forward from Hamburg, N.Y., Jordan Morgan, a 6-8 forward from Detroit, Mich., Darius Morris, a 6-4 guard from Los Angeles, Calif., and Matt Vogrich, a 6-4 guard from Lake Forest, Ill.
McLimans, a three-year varsity letterwinner at Hamburg High School is attending prep school at Worcester Academy this year. As a three-year starter at Hamburg, McLimans averaged 16.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.5 blocks and 3.0 assists per contest. He was named the 2007 ECIC Division II Player of the Year. As a senior, McLimans helped Hamburg to a 16-4 record and its first conference title in 15 years.
Morris has been a three-year starter at Windward High School and will begin his senior season averaging 20.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.5 assists for his prep career. Morris was named to the 2008 All-California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Division 3AA first team. As a junior, Morris helped Windward to a 24-5 record. He is a three-time all-league first team performer and has been named Windward's MVP each of the past two seasons.
Morgan, a Detroit Free Press Class A All-State honorable mention selection a season ago, has been a three-year starter at Detroit Jesuit High School. Morgan has earned All-Catholic honors each of the past two seasons and is a McDonald's All-American team nominee. He averaged 13.0 points and 10.0 rebounds as a junior and was invited to the 2008 NBA Players Top 100 Camp.
Vogrich, a 2008 all-state honorable mention selection, has averaged 16.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per contest so far in his prep career. Vogrich has twice earned All-North Suburban Conference first team honors while playing at Lake Forest High School. Last season at Lake Forest, Vogrich shot 47 percent from the field, including 39 percent from three-point range while leading his team to a 15-11 record.
The Wolverines will lose three players following the 2008-09 season --fifth-year senior David Merritt (West Bloomfield/West Bloomfield HS), fifth-year senior C.J. Lee (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford HS) and senior Jevohn Shepherd (Toronto, Ontario, Canada/West Hill Collegiate).
Comments from Michigan coach John Beilein
On the early signees ... "We have been able to add four quality prospects to our program during this early signing period. Together, we believe, the four will blend well with our team while improving our defense, passing and shooting ability. More importantly, they are all high achieving young men who will be excellent teammates and quality student-athletes here at the University of Michigan."
On forward Blake McLimans ... "We believe Blake will be a great Michigan fit. He decided to go to prep school, get stronger and really work on his game. Blake has already benefited from that decision with his improvement at Worcester Academy and the amount of serious attention he received late in the recruiting process. He is a big time jump shooter at 6-10 and continues to improve his back to the basket post skills, which will give him versatility. He has a tremendous upside and we look forward to getting him on campus."
On forward Jordan Morgan ... "Jordan is another fine young man who comes from a very strong academic background. He will give us an additional physical presence down low. He is long and athletic and is a big body, very much suited for Big Ten basketball. He has really done a good job to improve himself -- working on his conditioning and skill development which will pay dividends down the road. We feel he is going to have a bright future with us here."
On guard Darius Morris ... "Darius is an ideal fit for how we play. He is a big, athletic and skilled guard. He has the ability to shoot from deep and score off the drive. He handles the ball and he sees the floor well and is a very unselfish player. He has a very high basketball IQ with obvious court leadership ability. Off the court he is an exceptional student-athlete who will add value to our program and the University."
On guard Matt Vogrich ... "Matt is more than an excellent three-point shooter, he is a smart, poised and skill big guard who possesses great court vision. He can really stretch the defense and possesses a good feel for the game. He had an outstanding summer and competed favorably against some of the best prospects in the nation. We are excited with Matt's decision to join our basketball family and we are confident he will be a positive asset to our program."
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