Recruiting Notes (4-19-10)

This isn’t a full recruiting roundup per se but here are several updates after a busy weekend on the recruiting trail.


Isaiah Sykes – Wing

23452_1390192955918_1264947287_31131397_4663748_n[1]As expected, Denby senior Isaiah Sykes made his official visit this weekend. Sykes got the red carpet official visit treatment including dinner at Beilein’s home but his offer status remains unknown. Sykes passed this text message along to AnnArbor.com’s Mike Rothstein:

"have a great feelin about Michigan I enjoyed it."

Beilein typically likes to allow kids to take a few days to “be sure” of their commitments so if a commitment is imminent we should hear relatively soon and expect to know much more as the week progresses.

Cody Larson – PF

The interesting development surrounding Larson’s recruitment is that he will likely have to appeal to attend a Big Ten school after being let out of his LOI. With Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio State on his early list, this is obviously a big development. At this point, I have a tough time seeing why every recruit doesn’t sign a “financial aid offer” like Brandon Knight rather than a letter of intent. Financial aid offers allow the athlete to back out at any time though so I wouldn’t expect college coaches to be excited about that idea.

That rule is obviously bad news for Michigan… Larson is also expected to visit Florida today according to OnlyGators.com but the Gators also landed a commitment from PF Will Yeguete today as well.


Markus Crider – Wing

I don’t think Crider ended up visiting Ann Arbor this weekend as he was in action with the King James Shooting Stars as they won the Grand Rapids Storm Classic. Crider reportedly played well in Grand Rapids but I haven’t seen many scouting reports from the event.

Cody Zeller – PF/C

Zeller was described as dominant by those in attendance at the Double Pump tourney in Denver. Rivals’ Brian Snow thinks that Zeller has a great chance at 5-star status by the end of the summer:

Zeller has a motor that never quits, and that allows him to pursue rebounds with the best of them, and he also has a simple natural instinct to know how the ball is going to come off the rim. Also despite not being the strongest player in the country, he battles hard for position both on the offensive and defensive glass.

Along with just being a beast on the boards, Zeller was finishing down low on the offensive side of things. He has a nice looking jump hook, a solid mid-range jumper, and also he is plenty athletic which allows him to finish at an above the rim. His game is just getting more and more diversified as the years go along, and now Zeller is capitalizing on a strong high school year and propelling it to the AAU season.

Justin Gant – PF/C

Gant has long been considered a guy that could make a name for himself this summer on the AAU circuit. It seems like he’s making the post of his opportunities. Gant drew rave reviews from Evan Daniels ($) however he didn’t list Michigan. A quick twitter search on Gant shows that Daniels wasn’t the only one he impressed.


Javontae Hawkins – Wing

24696_116428488370585_100000103033141_283378_3080042_n[1] According to BOTB, Javontae Hawkins was on campus this weekend and was informed that he is Michigan’s #1 wing recruit in the class of 2012 and an official offer will be coming on June 15th.:

A offer was extended, and an official offer will be granted July 15. Hawkins was told by the UM staff he is their "#1 sophomore wing recruit". Hawkins definitely has outstanding upside and potential. Baylor, South Carolina, Notre Dame are the newest schools to his recruitment.

Kevin Yogi Ferrell – PG

post[1]Basketball fans in Indiana learned about Yogi this year but now the national scouts are realizing that his game is for real. Ferrell got his first taste of action with the U17 Indiana Elite squad and impressed. Rivals’ Brian Snow was one that was very impressed tweeting twice about Yogi’s performance and then providing this writeup:

In an age where many point guards are more focused on scoring than running their team, Ferrell knows what his job is. He penetrates to the rim and looks for easy buckets via the pass, he knows when to push the ball and when to pull it back, and also if he is left open he will knock down the open three.

Having grown since last summer, he is now 5-foot-11, Ferrell is a tough as nails defender who helps his team easily convert defense into offense. Ferrell is quickly playing himself into the conversation as one of the best floor generals in the 2012 class nationally.

Yogi’s recruitment is looking more and more likely to explode as the summer wears on.

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