Conventional wisdom had the Michigan Wolverines with four scholarships at their disposal for the class of 2009. After John Beilein inked four players during the early signing period in November, many believed that spelled the end of the recruiting efforts for the year. That belief, however, may be incorrect. Michigan has continued its vigorous pursuit of one more youngster in the 09 class, Lake Forest (IL) Academy C Angus Brandt.
The 6-10, 220-pound Australia native is a skilled big man that can shoot and pass, both of which are a prerequisite for gaining the seal of approval to play for John Beilein. With that impressive skill set, it should come as no surprise that Michigan's headman has maintained consistent contact.
"We talk about twice a month," Brandt told GoBlueWolverine. "He calls me and I call him. He lets me know how the team is doing. Coach tells me how he is preparing the guys to play."
The most recent conversation between player and prospective coach took place Monday evening. The topic was a familiar one… how well Brandt would fit into what Beilein is trying to accomplish in Ann Arbor.
"Coach told me he would like to use me to step out and hit the 15 foot jumpers," the talented youngster reported. "Coach Beilein sees me as a solid passer and someone who can score in the post. I fit very well into their offense. Michigan is a great school with good academics".
The Maize & Blue were among a large number of suitors that showed strong interest during the summer and fall, but at this point Brandt has whittled his list Michigan, Oregon State, New Mexico and Arizona State. Michigan and Oregon State currently stand out as his top two. The winner among the finalists will ultimately come down to how well the schools meet two very important criteria.
"I am looking for a place where I fit into the offense and where I can have a good relationship the coaching staff and players," Brandt explained.
Speaking of players, one that consistently puts in a good word for Michigan is Wolverine-to-be, Matt Vogrich. The class of 2009 sharp-shooting signee hasn't been shy about telling his AAU teammate where he thinks he should go.
"Matt is on me about going to Michigan," the Aussie big man said laughingly. "He tells me to hurry up and come to Michigan. He wants to be my roommate."
Coincidentally, Vogrich won't have to wait much longer to find out which program the Brandt will pledge to.
"I am looking to make a decision sometime in March," he said.
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Brandt in the coming weeks.