Michigan added a commitment from class of 2018 wing guard Adrien Nunez today.
— Adrien Nunez (@NunezAdrien) October 2, 2017
Nunez didn’t have a scholarship offer before this summer, now he’ll be playing his college ball at Michigan. His stock rose quickly with 12 schools extending scholarship offers including high-majors like Penn State and Texas A&M.
After playing what appears to be a limited role at Bishop Loughlin in New York, Nunez will play a prep season at St. Thomas More in the NEPSAC. He excelled on the grassroots circuit, impressing at adidas Uprising, Elevate Hoops and Hoop Group events. He drew Michigan’s interest in the final days of the live evaluation period when assistant coach Saddi Washington saw him in Las Vegas.
Michigan jumped into the fray and prioritized the sharpshooting wing guard with John Beilein making the trip out to watch him for an in-person evaluation. The Brooklyn native took an official visit to Michigan over the weekend, where he was offered a scholarship that he couldn’t pass up.
For our members, make sure to checkout our full video breakdown and written scouting report for an in-depth look at what Nunez brings to the table and how he fits in Ann Arbor.
Here’s some additional video of Nunez in action from this summer and his junior year at Bishop Loughlin.
We broke down Nunez’ game in detail on Friday, but the long and short of it is that he is an excellent shooter with very good size. He stands out with his ability to shoot off the catch, on the move, and off the dribble. He also has the size to get his shot off comfortably against defenders of different sizes and has a high, quick release. He hasn’t shown much playmaking ability for others on the film that we watched, but he looks very capable of stepping and stretching the floor.
City of Basketball Love was higher on his ability to create for others after watching him play during July:
On Saturday afternoon in an opening-round win over Team Final Red, Nunez showed just why he’s caught the attention of coaches and media alike over the last 10 days. A 6-6 guard with range, Nunez has the requisite length and athleticism to be a non-doubt Division I athlete — and then he starts dropping 3-pointers like they’re nothing, hitting three while scoring 14 points in a 24-point win.
He also created off the bounce, finding his teammates while driving the lane and finishing a few flushes. Big guards who can dribble, pass and shoot with consistency are a popular commodity, indeed.
Outlook & Fit
Nunez is the lowest ranked recruit in Michigan’s 2018 class and he flew under the radar throughout much of his high school career. That being said, John Beilein has thrived at plucking skilled guards and wings from off of the shoe circuit and turning them into quality players at the next level.
Many will look to compare Nunez to Noah Locke, the other shooter that Michigan was recruiting heavily in this class. Nunez is much bigger and stronger than Locke, who is listed at just 6-foot-2, but he’s less tested and potentially less versatile offensively. Locke had an incredible summer shooting the ball, making almost half of his threes in EYBL play, but he’d have been pigeonholed into one position (the off-guard) whereas Nunez probably has the potential to play either the two or three at Michigan.
Nunez should have a great opportunity this season to continue his development with his transfer to St. Thomas More. He’ll be playing for a hall of fame coach i in the NEPSAC where he should play an increased role against very good competition. He fills a distinct need in the class — wing shooting — as Michigan will have to replace Duncan Robinson after this season, and that is a skill that will always be utilized in John Beilein’s offense.