Open Gym/In-Home Visit Tracker


#1

The recruiting period kicks off today so coaches will be on the road quite a bit.

Beilein starting out the week at La Lu.


#2

Appears there is a new target on the board in combo William Douglass out of Memphis. Doesn’t appear to be ranked upon a cursory glance, but does hold offers from TCU, Ole Miss, Oregon, Florida State, UNLV, St. Louis, in addition to interest from UM and Virginia.

Highlights


#3

Looks like Beilein and Donlon are there. Interesting that we are just hearing about him now with how heavy the interest is.

You don’t bring two coaches unless he is a high priority, especially on the first day.


#4

More highlights of Douglas

http://t.maxpreps.com/2crhfsv


#5

That handle tho


#6

My initial impressions are that he seems to be a pretty good player, but much like Cormac Ryan, I definitely have concerns about the comp level. Its pretty bad


#7

It probably helps that he’s taller and faster than everyone trying to guard him

Edit: that was referencing the competition level, not that he must have some insane measurables


#8

Douglas says he anticipates playing PG in college.


#9

My very quick first impression: Douglas would be an interesting option if Brooks wasn’t already in the class. Seems like Douglas could be a fit for the “third guard” slot backing up Simpson at the PG & the height/outside shooting to join Simpson in a 2-PG backcourt for a few shifts.

But since Brooks is already on-board for that role, Douglas seems a little redundant and repetitive?


#10

He’s got a good first step and some pretty good shooting off the dribble. If we didn’t already have Brooks, I’d say offer this guy right now.


#11

Holy cow, I think William Douglas is phenomenal.
What improvement between freshman and sophomore year physically.
I bet Coach Beilein immediately fell in love with this kid. His fundamentals are a thing of beauty. Beautiful jump stops; I didn’t see him off balance on any dribble drive. Beautiful to watch. Somebody did a great job of teaching this kid how to play basketball.
I watch his junior film and say to myself this kid has a legit chance to play in the NBA someday.


#12

Going back to the Jamal Cain thread… what do we think are the biggest needs for 2017-18 positionally?

In the backcourt you have Simpson, Brooks and MAAR at the one and two. I guess Watson, Matthews and Poole could potentially play the two, but also pretty natural fits at the three. Duncan is a 3 an potentially 4, Wilson is a four and Livers is a four.

I think it really depends what position the trio of Watson, Matthews and Poole projects to play. If I had to guess I’d say two of those three play the majority of their minutes at the 3 in 2017-18.

In that case do you add another guard type (Douglas) or more of a 3/4 (Cain, Gaines) or a big (Bamba). I think Bamba is the easy answer as a next level talent, but interesting to think about in terms of roster needs.


#13

Best available talent in terms of skill/athleticism combo is still Cain in my opinion of those realistic options available in 17 exclusive of Bamba


#14

Talking more about positional need than debating best available talent.


#15

I’m going to say Douglas is the best fit because he can realistically play 1-3. If he’s 6’5" now, yeah, he’s my guy.


#16

I look at positional need from a talent perspective though. In other words what we need depends on how good the predecessor (s) is/are.

PG - X and Brooks and no more room

SG - Poole/Watson - I think Poole is starter material whereas Watson not so much. Obvious need for 2 way player as both are poor defenders

SF - Matthews/Watson - Matthews is starter quality and see comment above on Watson. Again need a 2 way 3 until Matthews proves he can shoot.

PF - Livers - hopefully starter quality but good backup worst case scenario

C - Donnal/Wagner/Davis/Teske - no more room unless it’s elite talent

For me it’s pretty simple that we need an upgrade over Watson


#17

I like Douglas upon first glance but that comp level is really bad, hard to take much from that when half his highlights are breakaway dunks/layups


#18

I think Cain is the best fit. You want someone who can play the 3, and he has the upside to maybe play 4 if he can ever get to 210-215 like Zak.

With how everything looks, I would say take Bamba if you can. If not, take Cain. But if you have the space (idk where that could possibly come from) take both.


#19

One quibble, shouldn’t include Donnal because we’re talking about his spot.


#20

Agreed, you tell him thank you and goodbye if Mr. Bamba would like to temporarily reside in A2.