@LosAngelesWolverine1Regarding the 2020 in state guys, I do not know a lot because it is so early for Michigan as well. Right now I think Michigan should prioritize 6’8 Old Redford Academy forward Isaiah Jackson and 6’6 Benton Harbor SF Carlos Scooby Johnson. Jackson plays on the same high school team as Rocket Watts, so Belein and staff could really prioritize that team for two of the top in state prospects. Jackson already has a offer list that is better than most 2018s and 2019s. He is a easy top 50 player nationally in 2020 right now. Recently, he did a interview with a friend of mine who works for Michigan Insider 247 and Jackson told him he prefers Michigan of all schools right now. Personally, I take it with a major grain of salt because he could have just been saying that because it was U of M guy reaching out. Hopefully he meant it. But even if he does, he won’t get an offer until June, and even if he does, there is a lot of time between now and when he graduates high school.
For Johnson, I know Michigan has shown some interest, but not a ton. He is a super underrated prospect and is under appreciated by national scouts. The offers will roll in soon for him. He is the 2020 equivalent of Romeo Weems, and personally I think he is better than Weems at this stage. MSU has put a lot of effort into him even though it is early in his recruitment. He has visited there multiple times in the last few months.
It seems like the top prospect for Michigan right now is Flint Beecher point guard Jalen Terry, but he may be slipping down their board quickly because he, and Beecher, have played poorly in any of their big games so far this season. Against Cass Tech, who might be Michigan’s top high school team alongside Clarkson, Beecher lost by 30+ and Terry did nothing. Michigan’s staff left early from that one I think. Most recently, Terry and Beecher played UD Jesuit, and he reportedly had around 10 turnovers and Beecher lost 38-37 to a half strength UDJ team that was missing its top 2 players. Their two best players are missing and they beat a full strength Beecher team and forced their top player (Terry) to 10 turnovers. Not good. So I am not sure where Michigan sits with Terry now. If Terry has a strong remainder of the season and a great AAU I would not be shocked if Michigan offered him in June, but we will see. I know he really likes Michigan and wants them to recruit him. He talked to me about it in July. But right now, I would put both Jackson and Johnson above Terry now until Terry can prove he belongs back on top. Johnson and Jackson have had dominant starts this high school season and are starring for two of the best teams in Class B. All three of these guys will be players worth tracking heavily in the coming months.