Spiece Interviews: Gant Fields UM Interest

It's no secret that the Michigan Wolverines under John Beilein have put a premium on sweet-shooting big men. They've already set their sights on one of the top such players in the state of Indiana in Terre Haute North Vigo high sophomore Justin Gant.

Justin Gant was one of offensive stars for the Indiana Select 16-and-under AAU squad at the Spiece Run N' Slam All Star Classic last weekend.  The 6-8, 200 pound sophomore has the green light in Select coach Mark Adam's offense.  GoBlueWolverine saw that faith rewarded with a 4/5 clip from three-point range in a Saturday morning contest against the Derrick Rose all stars.  That's par for the course with Gant according to Adams.

"Justin is a really, really skilled player and he shoots the ball extremely well," said the coach.  "Our first tournament, he was 5/5 from threes and the second tournament probably 8/14.  He can put the ball on the floor and he is a lot more athletic than people think.  He is really extremely athletic.  He just has to put on 10 or 15 pounds, which he'll do.  He's only a sophomore.  He is an extremely skilled player."

Thus far in the AAU season Gant has seen a direct correlation between the amount of work he has put in the gym and his performance when the lights are on.

Said Gant, "Coach has been working on our perimeter game getting a lot of shots up and it is showing a little bit."

The Hoosier State big man's talent has certainly piqued the curiosity of schools like Purdue, Xavier, Bradley, ISU, Iowa, and Michigan.  The Wolverines are among the more recent programs to show interest.

"They came to one of my open gyms and talked to me a little bit when I called them once," said Gant.  "That's it.  I talked to Coach Mahoney."

While it's clear that Gant's Michigan recruitment is in its infancy, it's also clear that Beilein's offense will hold particular appeal

"I think he is looking at programs that use skilled big guys that can step out, shoot it, put it on the floor, and then go inside if they have to," Adams said.  "He probably won't (favor) a pound it down on the block type of system.  I would say he'll look for something similar to Michigan's system."

 "Inside-out," Gant concurred. "I want a system where you can play inside but then go out on the perimeter and shoot and drive and that kind of stuff."

GoBlueWolverine will have more on Gant in the coming months.


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