Saunders Has Michigan Connection

The 2011 target list continues to expand for Michigan basketball program. The Maize & Blue is operating in familiar territory in courting Los Angeles Windward G/F Wes Saunders. GoBlueWolverine caught up Saunders recently to discuss his obvious connection to Michigan, his style of play, and other schools that are coming after him.

The Michigan basketball staff continues to work hard to let recruits know just how well the basketball program is coming along. After their success last season, that job isn't as hard as it used to be. It's clear that the hardwood Wolverines are garnering more attention. More and more players are prospects are listening to the sales pitch... and not just when it comes from the coaching staff.

Darius Morris who, signed to play at Michigan this season, is doing his part as well. He had a young sophomore teammate at the Windward School in Los Angeles last year named Wes Saunders. Morris hasn't wasted many opportunities to send positive messages about the Maize & Blue to the talented youngster.

"Darius talks about Michigan all the time" Saunders said laughing. "He tells me how much he loves it and he told me he wants me to go there too. Coach Mahoney talks to me as well he tells me to keep improving on my game."

The obvious question now is how does Saunders feel about Wolverines.

"I believe I can fit into any style but Michigan is a good style for me with the way they play," I am thinking of coming down to visit when Darius goes to Michigan. He wants me to go with him".

While it's clear Morris' presence will help Michigan's cause, there will be a number of other schools in strong contention as well.

"I'm looking for a school with academics and athletics and I am wide open as far as choosing a college to attend," said Saunders, who currently carries a 3.0 GPA."UCLA, Oregon State, USC, Stanford, and CAL have are interested as well."

With two years left in his high school career Saunders isn't in any rush to make a decision. At the moment he is content to take everything in and look forward to next year when he will be one of the top return players on the team.

"I am excited about stepping up to the spotlight next year," he said. "(Last year) I filled any role that the team needed me to fill. I am looking forward to having a bigger role on the team next season."

GoBlueWolverine will have more on Saunders in the months to come.

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