Last Tuesday marked the first unofficial visit to Michigan for Utica Eisenhower C, Corey Petros. The 6-10, 220-pounder had been fielding interest from the Wolverines since early in his junior season thanks in large part to his versatility.
"I like have my back to the basket and post up, but I can play face up," Petros said. "I like shooting and going to the hole."
In other words, he's a "John Beilein big man"... or at least a prospective one. Petros' used his inside/out ability rack up 15 points and 9 rebounds per game. Throw in his 2 1/2 blocks on the defensive end of the floor and you have the engine that drove Eisenhower to a league championship and subsequent run to the districts. The Michigan coaching staff indicated that those same traits could be put to good use in Ann Arbor as well.
"I would play the four," Petros said referring to his would-be role in the Maize & Blue. "(Coach Beilein) is a really nice guy. He's real easy to talk to. He said they just want to see me play more. They already saw videotapes of me. They just want to see me live. They said they want to see how I do in June at their Elite Camp."
They also want to see him on the AAU circuit in July with Team Detroit. Flanked on the squad by talented players such as Ray McCallum, Trey Zeigler, Brandan Kearney, and Walter Pitchford, Petros is freer to showcase his ability.
"It's fun," he stated. "We've got a good guard set up there. We don't really get double teamed down low anymore. It is exciting."
A number of other schools will also be monitoring Petros' progress. He hopes to make it to their campuses as well.
"This weekend I am going to Indiana," he continued. "The following weekend I'm going to Penn State, then after that I'm going to Michigan again."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Petros in the coming weeks.