Recruiting Roundup: March 28th, 2011

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Nick Stauskas and Max Bielfeldt committed to Michigan this weekend

Last week was a busy week on the recruiting trail. 2011 big man Max Bielfeldt committed to Michigan on Friday and 2012 swing manNick Stauskas joined him on Saturday. It was also an eventful week for Michigan’s previous 2011 commitments. Both led their teams deep in their respective state tournaments but fell short of state championships. Carlton Brundidge and Southfield were knocked out in the semifinals by eventual champions Kalamazoo Central while Trey Burke was named Mr. Basketball on Wednesday before losing in the state finals to Cincinnati La Salle.

We posted more recruiting content than we normally do so here’s a recap:

More thoughts on Michigan’s future recruiting after the jump.

These commitments dramatically shift Michigan’s recruiting approach heading into AAU season. Strictly speaking, Michigan is out of scholarships for both the 2011 and 2012 classes. While this is true on paper, Darius Morris’s situations means that Michigan will likely have one more scholarship available in 2012. Morris very well could return next year, but he would be unable to “test the waters” next season and would likely plan on entering the draft after his junior season. Here’s the full scholarship table:

image_thumb[1]Here are a few assorted thoughts on recruiting going forward:

  • Michigan is in a difficult situation in regards to big men recruiting with five players at the four and five positions in one class. Adding Bielfeldt to the mix along with Glenn Robinson III who is probably a 3-4 combo and you have a tricky situation. I suspect Michigan will continue to evaluate here while keeping a keen eye 2013 big men – Jackson Lamb and Leo Edwards to start – to see how they develop. The class of 2014 is out of our scope for now, but will almost certainly have to include multiple bigs.
  • In terms of new 2012 recruiting, Michigan has options. The Michigan staff will likely cast a wide net and continue going after guys like Jordan Hare or Gary Harris that they might not have a great shot at, while continuing to evaluate new targets.
  • Despite the potential of one more available 2012 scholarship, Michigan will likely put the full court press on the class of 2013. The staff has been working steadily on 2013 prospects, mostly in Michigan and Indiana, and it will be very interesting to see which prospects earn offers. It’s still very early for 2013 prospects – Michigan hasn’t extended any offers – but here are some notes on a few names to start watching.
  • Michigan won’t extend any 2013 offers until June 15th, the date outlined by the NABC as the first time to officially to offer sophomores.
  • The strength of the in-state 2013 class is at the point guard. Derrick Walton, Monte Morris and Denzel Watts are a few of the big names in state. It’s too tough to name who’s best in this group, but it’s a safe bet that Michigan will take a point guard in that class.
  • There are also a number of wing prospects to keep a keen eye on this summer. Steven Haney, Zak Irvin, Austin Hatch and EC Matthews have all drawn significant U-M interest. Despite taking two wings in 2012, I’d expect to see several offers extended to wing players in this class.
  • Coaches aren’t allowed on the road during the spring but they will certainly have their ears to the ground. This is still an extremely early list of 2013 prospects and new targets will certainly pop up during the coming months. More importantly, the list of current recruits that we’ve identified will separate themselves for better or worse.
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