2012 PG prospect visits Michigan

D.J. Balentine out of Kokomo Indiana South came up last weekend to take a look at Michigan with his family. The young man had been invited to Michigan's elite camp this summer and clearly was one of the better players at the camp. D.J. talks to GBW about his visit and what he likes about the Wolverines.

"I had fun!" That was D.J. Balentine's description of his visit to Ann Arbor last Saturday. The young point guard received a first hand look at how Coach Beilein runs a practice, and he came away impressed.

"I really enjoyed watching the team practice," he said. "The guys were clapping and supporting each other; they were just being good teammates. My AAU team is close like that. The practice was high energy and they play hard."

D.J. also had the chance to reacquaint himself with a former coach. "It was good to see Zach Novak again. He was my coach at the elite camp. And it was also good to see Stu Douglass. Coming from Indiana it was good to see guys from my state I could talk to. Zach talked to me about how the team works hard in practice because they want to get back to the NCAA tournament."

Balentine is certainly a player the Michigan staff will keep an eye on because of what he brings to the table. He is the type of player that Coach Beilein covets for his team. He is a point guard with a very high basketball I.Q. D.J. has a maturity to his game that takes most youngsters time to possess: he sees the floor well, he gets everyone involved, he scores when he needs to too and always under control.

On his visit there was something that impressed him and his mother that they had never seen before.

"The Big House was nice. When I walked on the field it was so huge, and then I came down the tunnel and people were sticking their hands out saying come to Michigan. It really shows how excited they are about sports up there," D.J. said.

Mrs. Balentine enjoyed it as well. "It was just awesome walking out there on that field. It really had me excited."

The Michigan basketball staff has made it a point to go the extra mile when evaluating talent. That works well for what they do and with D.J. it is no different.

"Last month Coach Mahoney came to watch me work out. It is a 3 ½ hour drive down here, so it really let me know how interested and dedicated they are in recruiting me."

As much as Beilein and staff value what they see in D.J., he appreciates what Michigan has to offer as well.

"I like Coach Beilein. He is a cool guy, he knows the game of basketball, and he does the right things. I like the offense they run, the off the ball screens to get guys open, the backdoor cuts, and they get up and down the floor. Michigan is a guard-oriented team and they shoot the ball well."

Coach Beilein was a hit with Mrs. Balentine also. "He is just very nice and down to earth and so is his wife," she said. "She came and introduced herself. That was nice."

Michigan is not the only school that is interested in the talented point guard: Iowa, Butler, Purdue, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Dayton and Oregon State are on him as well.

It is still early in the recruitment of D.J. Balentine and he is just going with it.

"I am just looking at all the schools right now and taking my time."

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