What John Beilein has done in his time in Ann Arbor is extremely impressive for Michigan fans, but it\’s not just us fans that are taking notice. The nation\’s top recruits and their parents are starting to see the possibilities of being a Wolverine.
Beilein has the scheme and coaching ability to turn high school prospects into 1st round NBA talent within two years of being on campus, while also winning championships. It is something that not many schools can offer. And the new found love for Michigan is really being shown on the 2014 summer camp roster.
Check out which 2016 recruits will be ballin\’ in Ann Arbor, for at least one day (June 7th):
5* PG Derryck Thornton, 6\’2\’\’ 185lbs. Henderson, NV (Findlay Prep)
– The #1 guy on just about every Michigan fan\’s list, Thornton is a smooth, playmaking point guard that can handle the rock with the best of them. Luckily, the staff has gotten in early and it looks like the Wolverines just may be the favorites to land the talented youngster when they offer on June 15th. Thank you, Trey Burke.
5* SF Tyus Battle, 6\’5\’\’ 185lsb. Gladstone, NJ (Gill St Bernard S School)
– Another top talent that has a ton of interest in the Wolverines, Battle is an assassin that can score from all over the court. And once again, the staff has done a fantastic job letting the 8th overall prospect in the class know that he is a perfect fit for this offense. When he\’s offered, the Wolverines could jump to the top of his list with Syracuse.
4* PG Cassius Winston, 6\’0\’\’ 185lbs. Detroit, MI (UofD Jesuit)
– The top player in the class from Michigan, Winston is a playmaking point guard that has him receiving attention from all over the country. But it looks like this could be an in-state race between the Wolverines and Spartans. It should all depend on how things go with Thornton, who is the rumored #1 PG on the board.
4* PG Quentin Goodin, 6\’2\’\’ 165lbs. Campbellsville, KY (Taylor County)
– As a top 50 player, he is pretty unknown in the Michigan recruiting world. This has a lot to do with the love for Thornton and Winston. However, Goodin has the size and skill to be a great college player which is why the staff will watch him closely during the camp before thinking about extending an offer. Even with an offer, he would be a very tough pull as his top two teams are rumored to be Kentucky and Louisville.
3* F Seth Towns, 6\’8\’\’ 190lbs. Columbus, OH (Northland HS)
– The long, athletic forward has the Wolverines out front after his spring visit and now the coaches will be able to get a first hand look at Towns in action. If things go right, like expected, he should see an offer on June 15th and could end up being the first member of the 2016 class. Like several other top commitments, Towns will likely blow up on the recruiting trail in the next year or two. You\’ve been warned.
3* PF Matthew Moyer, 6\’8\’\’ 210lbs. Columbus, OH (Gahanna Lincoln HS)
– Michigan needs big men and Moyer may have the most potential out of the big men attending the camp. He has a chance to get up to 6\’10\’\’ and with his tweener style, he is a perfect fit for Michigan. If he shows out, there is a chance an offer could be extended and accepted since he is very good friends with Seth Towns (possible package deal via 247sports.com).
3* C Barret Benson, 6\’8\’\’ 237lbs. Darien, IL (Hinsdale South HS)
– There isn\’t a player the staff will miss more than Jordan Morgan but in Benson they may have the 2nd coming of J-Mo. Benson is a big, strong forward/center that can rebound and score in the paint. With full time strength and conditioning, he could end up being a very good college player. The coaches will keep a very close eye on him all day.
3* PG Kyle Guy, 6\’2\’\’ 155lbs. Indianapolis, IN (Lawrence Central)
– Even as a top 100 point guard, Guy will have a lot to prove to the staff if he is hoping to earn an offer. His athleticism and shooting make him a solid \”plan B\” for the staff if their top guys commit elsewhere.
3* PF Al Eichelberger, 6\’6\’\’ 210lbs. Saginaw, MI (Saginaw HS)
– I have not watched much tape on Eichelberger, but he is a big body that does the dirty work in the paint. Something every coach loves. If he has a great camp against some of the nation\’s elite players, the coaches will definitely put him on their board to possibly see an offer later on.
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