The Latest on Marcus Thornton
Marcus Thornton visited Alabama over the weekend and is working to finalize his visit schedule, here’s the latest from Michael Carvell of the AJC:
What’s up next for Thornton? He will visit Texas within the next week, and said he is likely to take recruiting trips to Kentucky, Georgia Tech, and UGA over the next few weeks. All the visits will be one-day trips to minimize missed classes for Thornton. He is an Honor Roll student with a 3.7 GPA, which includes AP classes for college credit.
The No. 7 and final school on Thornton’s list in Michigan. Thornton is still discussing Michigan with his family and “will decide something in the near future.”
It appears that Michigan is still working Thornton hard but they have their work cut out for them to secure a visit from Thornton.
Recent Visitor: Colton Christian
Penn State recruiting circles have been buzzing with news about Tulane decommitment Colton Christian. The 6-foot-7 forward is a Washington native who prepped last year at Hargrave Military Academy.
Christian visited Ann Arbor last week and made a trip to Penn State over the weekend (he also reportedly visited a Pac10 school). ESPN rates Christian an 85/100 but their scouting report seems to hint that he might be underrated.
Reports from a couple of Penn State tipsters say that Christian enjoyed his Michigan visit but probably doesn’t have an offer at this point – as would be expected with Michigan’s limited scholarships. Christian is a new name on the radar though and one to at least watch even if his chances of an offer might be low.
Other Notes from Spiece
Ray Lee and Chris Jenkins both played well at Spiece
Our plans for covering the Spiece tournament were derailed a bit thanks to a flat tire but there are a number of other Michigan prospects that played well in Fort Wayne. Joe managed to put together a scouting report that focused mostly on Indiana Elite and we will have video from Spiece (as well as some more from King James). But here are a few other notes from the weekend that was (after the jump).
The Family’s weekend wasn’t quite as successful as last weekend in Akron and one big reason was that Amir Williams didn’t make the trip down to Fort Wayne. Carlton Brundidge still played well, earning a mention in Scout’s day two writeup ($).
Ray Lee (2012 PG, 6-2) had a couple monster games while playing with the Franklin All-Stars going for 38 points against the Martin Brothers in pool play. Chris Jenkins (2012 W, 6-5) had a good weekend with The Family U16s and is a wing prospect to watch going forward.
We’ve talked about Yogi Ferrell quite a bit but there are some other point guard targets emerging. Iowa point guard Marcus Paige played very well, leading his Martin Brothers team to the 16U title, and reportedly has heavy interest from Michigan. Rivals called 5-foot-9 Ronnie Johnson a pure point guard who prefers to setup his teammates and Johnson reports interest from Butler, Purdue, and Michigan with some mid-major offers.
DJ Balentine is drawing “serious interest” from Michigan as well according to the Indy Star. The 6-foot-1 2012 guard shot 38% from the three point line last year and averaged 17 points per game.
“Michigan is the big one that’s been around a lot,” Balentine said. “Butler, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, LSU and Ball State have also shown some interest.”
The same IndyStar article also has an update on Marshall Plumlee:
“I’d love to play with my brothers, but it’s not the deciding factor,” he said. “I need to find a place that fits me the best.”
Plumlee said he’s “getting closer” to making a college decision, but declined to name the schools he’s considering. He has an offer from Indiana but said he hasn’t heard from the Hoosiers in a while.
Cimeon Bowers, a 6-foot-7 235 pound “freight train of a forward” also claims Michigan interest.
Two other local kids played very well at Spiece in Charles Tucker (2013, All Ohio Red) and Jordan Hare (2012, C, King James) but Hare didn’t list Michigan in Rivals’ report.
TheWolverine ($) and GoBlueWolverine ($) both put together lengthy reports from Spiece which are also worth a read if you have a subscription.