Michigan Makes Pointer a Top Priority

The hot summer performance turned in by Winston Salem (NC) Quality Education Academy wing Dominique Pointer continues to reap positive dividends. The high flying youngster is now a presence on the radar of a number of high majors. Lately, a handful of them have upped the ante in his recruitment, including the University of Michigan. Are the Wolverines now the team to beat? ***Video Included***

Dominique Pointer Profile

"I got an offer from Michigan yesterday," Pointer told GoBlueWolverine.  "I went back down there (to Ann Arbor) and they told me.  I didn't watch practice though.  They offered me, and then I had something to do so I left.  But I was excited."

The Wolverines joined West Virginia, Iowa State, and the University of Detroit on the 6-5, 210-pounder's offer list, while Ohio State and Miami are reportedly hot his trail. (Pointer actually listed offers from Ohio State and Miami as well, but said those offers weren't made directly to him and that he got word of them via his coach).

"My plan now is just to sit back and watch the recruitment and see where it goes," said Pointer.  "I go back to school tomorrow, so I'm going to just chill (instead of making a decision right away)."

When Pointer is finally ready to make the call for one lucky school, Michigan and Detroit will have a significant feather in their caps in the youngster's father, Tony Nolan.  Mr. Nolan had no qualms with announcing his desire to see his son play his college basketball closer to home.  The Wolverines bolstered their chances even more when the family made it up to Ann Arbor a few weeks ago for an unofficial visit.

"I was very impressed with Michigan," Nolan stated.  "They laid the whole program out (including) the educational part.  We watched their first practice and they showed us how Dominique will fit in their program.  I was satisfied with that.  Everybody I had talked to (before the visit) was saying that they're only three-point shooters (at Michigan) and that they weren't going to let him run like he does.  But (the Michigan coaches) showed me how they were going to give him free choice to do some things that he wants to do, and I was impressed with that."

If the Maize & Blue were to land Pointer the athleticism of the roster would receive a significant boost in athleticism.  His aerial exploits created a great deal of buzz at the Nike Global challenge last week (see the videos below and note that the interview was done before he was offered).  They could also generate some positive recruiting buzz as the Wolverines look to close out their 2011 class strong before turning all of their focus to bringing a few 2012 prospects into the fold as well.

"That's what I'm counting on," Nolan said matter-of-factly.  "They don't need but one more piece to really get things going.  If they can get one more big man in there that can rebound and pass a little bit, they are going to be tough to beat. They only have two scholarships left and Dominique is they're first choice.  They've got (Carlton Brundidge) already committed.  Now they're looking for a big man that can run a little bit and do a little bit so Dominique and (Brundidge) wouldn't be by themselves.  They've got to get somebody else to play along with these kids.  That was my concern."

While it's clear the Wolverines are on strong footing with the talented youngster, he stopped short of naming them, or any other school for that matter, the definitive favorite.

"I'm not ready to release that right now," Pointer said laughingly.  "I'm not sure right now (when a decision will be made).  I have no clue.  I'm (about to) narrow my list down (very soon) and just chill."

A few weeks ago that "chill time" seemed destined to last until the late signing period next April.  According to dad, though, that no longer is the case.

"I think we will wait to commit until November," said Nolan.

Dominique Pointer shows off his high-flying game at the Nike Global Challenge

Nike Global Challenge: Watch Dominique Pointer's thunderous dunk in traffic


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