Michigan Basketball Recruiting: Latest Updates on Wolverines' 2015 Targets
John Beilein is searching for the one.
No, really. He is. According to Verbal Commits, the eighth-year Michigan coach has a single scholarship to offer a 2015 prospect.
Signs point to Beilein taking either a shooting or point guard. However, he could go against the grain and sign another forward/winger or center. When it comes to recruiting, Beilein doesn't swing and miss very often. If his track record is an indicator, his next selection will easily plug into the Wolverines' existing roster.
Jalen Brunson (6'1.5", 190 Pounds; 5-Star Point Guard)
Due to family circumstances, Jalen Brunson's future whereabouts remain up in the air. According to 247Sports, Michigan State is now the team to beat in the 5-star point guard sweepstakes.
At 6'1.5" and 190 pounds, the Adlai Stevenson (Illinois) phenom is the perfect size to run the 1 in the Big Ten. As noted in a recent Spartans-related piece (which explains "family circumstances"), Brunson reminds me a little of Trey Burke, Beilein's best player at Michigan.
It goes without saying; he'd be a tremendous get and great fit for either Beilein or Tom Izzo.
Brunson has "warm" interest in the Wolverines, per 247Sports. However, the almighty Crystal Ball gives a three percent chance of heading to Ann Arbor.
http://t.co/AF5EpGjBek Crystal ball now trending towards Michigan State for Brunson, interesting.— Jeff Johnson (@therealJeffJ97) July 31, 2014
The bottom line is this: Don't hold your breath for Brunson, but hope for the best. He's the No. 3-ranked point guard in the nation, and on top of being a reliable distributor, he possesses a spectacular balance of speed, control and the ability to distribute.
Jalen Coleman (6'3", 160; 4-Star Combo Guard)
Jalen Coleman is a combo guard, so he'd take care of two needs with one fell swoop. Since visiting Michigan in September, the 6'3", 160-pounder has picked up offers from UNLV, Georgia Tech, Auburn and Vanderbilt.
In late June, the LaPorte (Indiana) La Lumiere senior-to-be released his top six:
2015 SG Jalen Coleman is down to Indiana, UNLV, NC St, Michigan, Notre Dame & Illinois, his coach confirms. First reported by @JeffRabjohns.— Alex Kline (@TheRecruitScoop) June 27, 2014
If Beilein's intent on getting a guard, Coleman seems like the best bet, assuming Brunson is off the table. Coleman's versatility makes him an intriguing case, while Brunson's Burke-like game just makes sense for the Wolverines.
His most recent visit (unofficial) was to Notre Dame in February. According to 247Sports, the Irish have a seven percent chance of landing him. In late June, the recruitniks pretty much packed Coleman's bags for him.
Perry Dozier (6'5", 180; 4-Star Shooting Guard)
Guards are everywhere.
Here's another one: Perry Dozier, the No. 5-ranked shooting guard of the next class. At 6'5" and 180 pounds, he has the ideal frame for an outside-inside game. If Beilein secures Dozier, watch out for a lethal Wolverines offense, coming to a conference floor near you in 2015-16.
In terms of explosiveness, Dozier seems to be a step or two ahead of Brunson and Coleman. Now, that's not to discount either one; they all play their styles, and they play them well. But Dozier is a touch-the-ceiling dunker with maniacal, crazy-aggressive tendencies.
If there's an inch of open lane, he's taking it all the way to the rim. No questions asked. Imagine him with Kameron Chatman. Talk about showmanship.
And talk about worth the price of admission.
Perry Dozier Jr. (#22/#31) tweeted his top 5 of Louisville, North Carolina, Georgetown, South Carolina & Michigan. http://t.co/hNrq52NlNw— Jerry Meyer (@jerrymeyer247) August 1, 2014
Just got all Perry Dozier Jr. visit dates: Louisville Aug. 31, UNC Sept. 6, Georgetown Sept. 12, Michigan Sept. 26, South Carolina Oct. 17— Jerry Meyer (@jerrymeyer247) August 3, 2014
Eric Davis (6'3", 172; 4-Star Shooting Guard)
At first, Eric Davis, Saginaw Arthur Hill's big man on campus, was thought to be a Michigan State-lean. Now, 247Sports' Crystal Ball has North Carolina State as the front-runner.
I'm not a betting man, but I'd wager that Davis stays in The Great Lakes State. Then again, I've been wrong, which is precisely why I don't play the odds.
The 6'3", 172-pounder visited Michigan on May 15, per Dylan Burkhardt of UM Hoops. Per reports, he was "excited" to have received an offer from Beilien:
Per Burkhardt, Davis describes himself as a versatile guard who's working on becoming a more "explosive" athlete. Davis told Burkhardt he enjoyed his visit to Ann Arbor, but doesn't know if he'll take an official to Michigan.
Of course, not knowing if he's going to officially visit kind of erases what he said back in September:
Arthur Hill hoops star Eric Davis recently took a visit to Michigan and said "I can be the next Trey Burke." OK then http://t.co/Ra3uncXl4z— Ross Maghielse (@Maghielse) September 13, 2013
At last glance, Davis, the No. 7-ranked SG of 2015, had 28 offers, with the most recent coming from Maryland. Izzo, Kansas, Kentucky, UNLV and UCLA are also in the mix.
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