2017 Recruiting Notes


#2810

I don’t think it says anything about Watson or Poole.


#2811

The miss on Cain, intentional or not, is disappointing. Cain was a rare example of a ‘gettable’ local player with a good attitude and a great combination of skill, size and athletic upside. I am all for Bamba (we need him at this point if we hope to beat MSU again this decade) but I hope that the program has solid intel that he’s likely to come – JB has favoured a “bird in the hand” approach when it comes to offering lower-upside players rather than waiting for elite-ish prospects but in the case of Cain – potentially our best wing since 2012 – he is rolling the dice on a battle with Calipari. I just don’t think another undersized guard is needed at this point.

Also, if they do land Bamba, which would be awesome, I hope they would leverage the chance to reframe UM’s reputation as a destination for elite bigs rather than returning to old habits of wanting reliable, 5-year below the rim centres.


#2812

To me the staff paying more attention to guards suggests they like what they see/have in Watson/Wilson/Livers and maybe Donnal and are just hedging in case something weird happens with Brooks. They really wanted a PG or combo guard in this class.


#2813

They got one: Brooks. If they weren’t sure about him, should’ve kept on Eastern, who is a great talent.


#2814

I agree, they got one. And that’s why my guess is that they won’t add anyone to this class unless it’s Bamba (or some other late appearing five star I guess). The caveat is that Brooks’s “dream school” was 'Nova - you know, last year’s champ - so I’m just totally guessing that they’re keeping lines open on PGs just in case.


#2815

They’re not watching point guards, so your point doesn’t make sense. Sounds like you’re just throwing shade at Brooks.
Fact is, they still have a '17 scholarship available and they need help at the 2 in '18 after MAAR graduates. If the 5-star thing doesn’t work out early, there is still the option to take a '17 2-guard, probably a late-bloomer type who doesn’t mind developing a year behind MAAR and Poole. William Douglas seems to fit the mold in that regard, though I have no idea what his stance on playing time is.


#2816

I didn’t mean to imply anything about Brooks. Douglas is listed as a PG or PG/SG a bunch of places and seems like he wants to be a combo guard with excellent height and ups (as opposed to a wing). I like his film. Anyway, it will be interesting to see what happens with that last scholly.


#2817

I liked Douglas film a lot, I’d like to see him against better kids but I don’t see why it wouldn’t translate.


#2818

Xavier Tillman to MSU.


#2819

They still have room for Eastern and Bowen as well. That would be back to back filthy classes by Izzo. Got to step it up.


#2820

This. Is. Frustrating.


#2821

Why? Tillman isn’t anything special and Michigan didn’t even target him.


#2822

I really think any UM basketball fan needs to consider beating MSU (occasionally at least) as a necessary criterion for “success.” Almost no other accomplishment – aside from final fours – can fully offset regular beatdowns by Sparty (or Crean’s Hoosiers for that matter).


#2823

Are we seriously going to do this kicking and screaming routine about Xavier Tillman? A guy that Michigan didn’t even really recruit?

Tough loss for Purdue though, think he would have been a great fit for them as well. Think Painter was in pretty heavy on Jackson and Tillman.


#2854

Personally counting Matthews I really like the 17 class. I would have liked a few different guys but I like who we got too. We will see what he does with the last spot.


#2860

I just want Bamba man.


#2861

No doubt. That would be a huge get. Seems like we have a legit shot.


#2871

I’m right there with you. The Tillman commitment isn’t bothersome, since U-M wasn’t into him (although who knows how he’ll pan out). But yeah, catching State on the trail and on the court is No. 1 to me. I wonder if some fans are less concerned with that because they’re not from the state or they don’t believe it’s possible (and thus would rather just ignore MSU).


#2872

Yeah, the prospect of him playing for M pretty much dwarfs any other considerations for me right now; just wake me up when he decides or the season starts, whichever comes first.


#2873