Recruiting

Notebook: Jaylen Brown, Mike Edwards visit Michigan

Michigan hosted Jaylen Brown and a fast-rising in-state big man for visits over the last week. Find the latest on those two and other recruiting notes after the jump.

As expected, five-star wing Jaylen Brown made his official visit to Ann Arbor last week. Brown arrived on campus on Wednesday afternoon for his fifth and final official visit.

Brown has also taken official visits to Kentucky, Kansas and UCLA and North Carolina. Georgia and Georgia Tech also remain in the equation as the home state schools.

Michigan hasn’t been recruiting Brown as long as others, but had its full opportunity to make a pitch to Brown, who was originally attracted to Michigan due to a number of family connections to the state and the school.

Brown followed the trip to Michigan up with an unofficial visit to Cal, a school that many didn’t even realize was still recruiting Brown. Scout.com reports that Brown was on campus at Cal on Sunday and Monday.

Brown has a busy schedule coming up. He’ll play in the McDonald’s All-American Game (Chicago) on April 1st, the Nike Hoop Summit (Portland) on April 11th and the Jordan Brand Classic (Brooklyn) on April 17th. His Wheeler High School team will play in the Dick’s Sporting Goods National Championship next week, opening with a quarterfinal game against Huntington Prep on April 2nd.

The late signing period for college basketball begins on April 15th. Brown previously wrote in his blog that he hoped to announce his decision on April 1st at the McDonald’s All-American game.

In-state big man Mike Edwards visits

Michigan also hosted Westland John Glenn big man Mike Edwards over the weekend. Edwards is a 6-foot-10, 220 pound big man that had a breakout senior season. He averaged just 4 points per game as a junior before averaging 22 points and 12 rebounds per game as a senior.

“He only had one offer, from Akron, heading into his senior year, then received another one from Detroit in September,” John Glenn coach Rod Watts told the Detroit News. “We put in a lot of time with Mike and he’s worked hard and learned to love the game instead of just like it. He found out it’s a vehicle to get him to the next level and maybe one day get paid for playing.”

Michigan has recently watched Edwards (including earlier this month) and he’s added numerous offers this season with a list that includes Georgia, Kansas State, Nebraska, Boston College, Illinois State, Eastern Michigan, Detroit, Cleveland State and Loyola.

Edwards previously visited Michigan including for the Wolverines’ College Practice Camp last summer, where he was very impressive and one of the top big men in attendance.

Jon Teske leads Medina to strong finish

Class of 2016 Michigan commit Jon Teske helped Medina to the regional finals where the Bees lost to Shaker Heights. Teske had 12 points, seven blocks and three rebounds in the loss in front of John Beilein.

While the 7-footer started the season slowly, averaging 8 points per game through the first six games of the year, he emerged down the stretch. He averaged 16 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks per game in the postseason.

His coach at Medina, Chris Hessinger, has big plans for his offseason development:

“We talk about this as a coaching staff all the time,” Hassinger said. “After he works out this off-season with the guys we have lined up to work out with him and putting in a great summer of lifting, we think he’s got a chance to be one of the best players, if not the best player, in the state of Ohio next year.”

Seth Towns helps Northland to quarterfinal finish

John Beilein was in to watch Seth Towns on Wednesday night and the 6-foot-8 forward was limited just 7 points  on 2 of 9 shooting in the win, he did grab 13 rebounds and block two shots.

“Teams have been playing a lot of box-and-one defenses on me, and we’ve really adjusted to that,” said Towns, a heavily recruited 6-foot-7 junior forward who played before an interested onlooker in Michigan coach John Beilein. “My teammates are eating for me. They’re getting the job done for me. We’ve got a really underrated team.”

That victory helped Northland to a regional finals appearance, where the Vikings lost to Westerville South. Towns had 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks in the loss.

It was a breakout season for Towns, who averaged 23 points per game.

Other notes

  • German big man Moritz Wagner continued his strong play with ALBA Berlin’s NBBL youth squad, scoring 20 points, grabbing seven rebounds and handing out three assists in a series clinching win over Bonn in the first round of the NBBL playoffs.
  • Michigan is one of the five schools pursuing Quintin Goodin the hardest.
  • Trystan Pratapas reportedly received some preliminary interest from Michigan

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