Michigan’s 2012 and 2013 classes have been well regarded around Ann Arbor for quite some time. As the summer wears on the buzz about both Michigan’s incoming class of 2012 and next class of 2013 continues to grow. Several national media outlets have noted the promise of John Beilein’s recruiting efforts in recent days.
ESPN updated its class of 2012 team rankings and Michigan ranks 14th, third best in the Big Ten. Scout.com ranks Michigan’s class 9th nationally while Rivals.com last update had the Wolverines ranked 7th. Michigan landed three top 100 recruits by ESPN, Glenn Robinson III at No. 18 (5-star), Mitch McGary at No. 28 (4-star) and Nik Stauskas at No. 76 (4-star).
Yahoo Sports named Mitch McGary the Big Ten’s second best newcomer:
2. F/C Mitch McGary, Michigan
Particulars: 6-10/250, Fr.; 4-star recruit from Brewster (N.H.) Brewster Academy
Buzz: Michigan hasn’t really had a big bruiser in the low post of late, but McGary is that guy. He is a physical player who should provide Michigan with a much-needed inside presence. McGary’s passing skills make him a great fit for what Beilein likes to do on offense, and McGary is a good shooter from 15 feet in. Michigan has a proven group of perimeter players; McGary should complement them nicely.
Midwestern ESPN scout Reggie Rankin graded the Wolverine class an ‘A’ overall and had plenty of positives to share when discussing the 2012 group:
Five-star small forward Glenn Robinson (St. John, Ind./Lake Central) is a high-wire act on the break with range to the arc and has continued to improve at a staggering rate. Power forward Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy) is a high-energy, physical post player who can rebound on both ends and score out to about 19 feet. Small forward Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Canada/St. Mark’s School) is a perfect fit in coach John Beilein’s offense, thanks to his size, feel and deep range. Point guard Spike Albrecht (Crown Point, Ind./Northfield-Mt. Hermon School) is a smart lead guard who can run the team and get his teammates involved and makes good decisions. Albrecht, who came on board at the beginning of April, was insurance in case freshman All-American Trey Burke decided to leave for the NBA. With Burke staying, Albrecht will now provide depth in a backup role.
Scout.com updated its 2013 player rankings and a pair of Wolverine commitments moved up in the rankings. Derrick Walton sits at No. 48 while Mark Donnal sits at No. 80. Zak Irvin is not ranked but that’s to the chagrin of many knowledgeable Indiana experts including the Indianapolis Star’s Kyle Neddenriep.
Surprised Zak Irvin not listed in new Scout.com rankings for 2013.
— Kyle Neddenriep (@KyleNeddenriep) May 17, 2012
Despite Irvin not earning a spot in the Scout Top 100, he’ll be participating in the Adidas Nations Training Camp this weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada.