2008-2009 Season

Recruiting Roundup (1-12-2009)


Darius Morris

Darius MorrisI posted video (courtesy of WTHef) of Darius from Windward’s easy win over Crossroads early last week. They followed it up with a tough 69-52 loss to Campbell Hall. Darius had a big first half with 16 points but was held to only 2 points in the second. Campbell Hall, who features former Michigan recruit Keegan Hornbuckle, won the game thanks to a 20-2 second half run.

The game was streamed online and commenter Kevin in GR left some notes about the game here, an archived copy of the stream should be up soon at windwardschool.org.

Matt Vogrich

Matt VogrichVogrich and Lake Forest got back to action after a successful set of games at the State Farm Holiday Classic. In a 73-62 win at Zion Benton, Vogrich scored 35 points including 5 treys (3 in the fourth quarter).

“We run a great offense for shooters,” said Vogrich, who finished with 35 points with three of his five treys coming in the fourth quarter.

“We have a lot of shooters on our team so it works.”

Good news Matt, the offense in Ann Arbor works out pretty well for shooters as well.

The Scouts followed up their win over Zion Benton with another big win over Lake Zurich, 46-43. Matt had 17 points and 3 assists and helped Lake Forest manage to pull off a victory despite being out rebounded 42-25.  Lake Forest has picked up some big wins early on in the season and they are an early surprise and have people talking…

“We knew we could be this good,” Vogrich said. “But we may be the only ones who thought that.”

Blake McLimans

Worcester beat Vanier College (Montreal) 70-60. No word on how Blake played. I should have McLimans video all chopped up and ready to go this week.

Jordan Morgan

Jordan Morgan was in Ann Arbor for Michigan’s win over Iowa on Saturday but he also had a solid week on the court. Jordan had 14 points in U-D Jesuit’s win over Dearborn Divine Child.

2010 Recruits

Trey Zeigler

Trey scored 24 points to go along with 11 boards, 4 blocks, and three assists in Mount Pleasant’s 69-66 win over Flint Southwestern. Trey also hit the game winning three pointer at the buzzer.

“We had a couple big shots, a couple big defensive stops,” Mount Pleasant coach Sam Taylor said. “Trey made the big shot. He has to make the read. It’s either him or, if they double-team, a couple other shooters spotting up. It’s nice to have some success in a tough situation.”

Will Regan

Will Regan keeps on rolling…

Regan had 16 points in an easy 75-58 win over Niagara Catholic.

He followed that up with an even bigger day, against St. Francis Regan had 37 points and 19 rebounds in an 83-71 win. Regan also managed to score his 1000th point on his career in the St. Francis game.

There is an interview with Regan that was posted on the sometimes-reliable BleacherReport. The interview seems to be legit and Regan lists his top four as “Michigan, Maryland, Arizona State, and Stanford” but says that he is still wide open and wants to make a decision before the end of AAU season. Regan would be an A+ get for Michigan and hopefully they keep on working hard on this recruitment.

Eso Akunne (pref. walk on) and Josh Herbeck

Gabriel Richard gave state powerhouse Detroit Country Day a battle but just didn’t have enough talent to knock off the giants. Eso had 21 points and 12 rebounds while Josh Herbeck netted 18 points in the 67-54 loss.

Alex Dragicevich

Glenbrook-North knocked off Maine East 61-59 thanks to Alex pouring in 18 of his game high 26 points in the fourth quarter. Dragicevich also added 7 boards:

“At halftime I was just thinking, ‘Don’t let your teammates down,’ ” Dragicevich said. “They didn’t give up on me and I didn’t give up on them.

Both Alex and U-M commit Matt Vogrich are listed as “players off the fast starts” in the Chicago Tribune’s mid season report.

Moses Morgan

Moses Morgan had 15 points in a 75-64 win over Arbor View. He followed it up with a more impressive 24 points against Centennial in a 76-62 win.

Casey Prather

Casey Prather scored 31 points in front of Wake Forest head coach Dino Gaudio in a 78-69 win over South Side despite not starting because of missing practice to visit UVA.

Allen Payne

A rough week for Winton Woods, they dropped two games a 64-58 loss to Walnut Hills and a 77-61 loss to Loveland.

Allen Payne appears to be able to stuff the stat sheet though. Against Walnut Hills Payne had 12 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, and 3 blocks. He followed that up with 14 points on 6-10 (2-3 3pt) shooting, 8 assists, 5 rebounds, and a steal against Loveland.

We haven’t heard a lot about Allen Payne lately but his balanced numbers definitely make him an intriguing prospect, especially considering the fact that he has already been on campus.

Tim Hardaway Jr.

Palmetto lost 66-47 to Miramar and Tim Hardaway Jr. was held to only 8 points.

Cameron Ayers

Germantown knocked off Haverford 47-28 and lost to Chestnut Hill 38-37.

Ayers had 12 points in the loss thanks to 9 free throws and but only managed 5 points in the win over Haverford.

2011+ Recruits

Carlton Brundage

Another guy we haven’t talked about enough on here, Carlton Brundage is the real deal. The sophomore point guard scored 25 points (including three triples) in a 67-60 Southfield win over West Bloomfield.

“Carleton is one of the top sophomores in the state. He doesn’t have a premeditated game — he can get by people,” Teasley (Southfield’s coach) said. “He’s buying into the defense-first mentality.”

Mitch McGary

Mitch McGaryThere is a new post target on the board, 2011 big man from Chesterton Mitch McGary (#55 above). There were two ($) new ($) McGary articles posted on Rivals last week. The big man is still young but looks like an interesting prospect, as with most of these sophomores it is probably still a little too early to be making guesses about where they end up.

This article has a bit of background on McGary, who is receiving interest from Notre Dame, Indiana, Illinois and many others:

A year ago, McGary was an unknown freshman toiling on the junior varsity while a stellar senior class rewrote Chesterton’s record books. Now, he’s being recruited by every big school in Indiana.

It’s amazing what one solid offseason will do for your college prospects when you’re a 6-9 sophomore who wears custom-made size-17 shoes and isn’t done growing. McGary has shot up 2.5 inches since the end of last season. That, along with a strong performance at a summer team camp in Fort Wayne, has buoyed his confidence.

“We won the tournament,” McGary said. “I felt like I was a monster. I felt like I made such a big stride from last year. All the seniors said I got my head out of my butt and started playing.”

McGary also had a standout summer on his AAU team — the SYF Players — which is how college recruiters first noticed him. That summer success has carried over into the season. McGary is averaging 14 ppg, 8 rpg and 2 bpg for the Trojans, who get him plenty of touches in the paint.

“He’s getting better every time we see him,” Lake Central coach Dave Milausnic said. “He’s going to be scary.”

Brandan Kearney and Percy Gibson

The sophomore duo from Detroit Southeastern kept up their stellar play in a 54-47 win over Detroit Denby. Kearney posted 15 points and Gibson chipped in 12 of his own.

Matt Poches

Poches continues to be a scoring machine and posted 31 points in a 86-64 victory over Fowlerville.

Amire Williams

The 6-foot-10 Detroit Country Day sophomore claims a Michigan offer in his latest Scout.com update.

If I missed a game, recruit, article, or story let me know in the comments and I’ll add it to the post.

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