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December 27, 2013
Hoops: Michigan signees, targets playing well
Michigan's class of 2014 signees continue to excel while the class of 2015 targets are also playing well. Here's the latest on Ricky Doyle, D.J. Wilson, Kam Chatman and others
Starting with Fort Myers, Fla., Bishop Verot big man Ricky Doyle (6-9, Rivals.com three-star prospect). Doyle didn't get much help from teammates at the City of Palms Classic, during which Bishop Verot lost all three games to better competition. He notched 22 points (9-of-16 shooting) and five rebounds in a 67-39 loss to Milton, registered 18 points (9-of-13) and 12 rebounds in a 20-point loss to Denver East and recorded 17 points and a game high three blocked shots in a 67-30 loss to Norland.
Michigan assistant Bacari Alexander was there to watch Doyle. Here are Doyle photos from NaplesNews.com.
Sacramento Capital Christian forward D.J. Wilson (6-9, No. 135) led his team to a 3-1 record at the St. Hope Elite Hoop Classic. Christian fell to Centennial in the Championship. Wilson scored a team high 13 points in a 64-52 win over Kennedy, notched 17 in an 86-44 win over Eisenhower, 20 in a 79-52 win over Sacramento and 11 in a 69-66 loss to Centennial.
Capital Christian is 10-1 and will play in the Max Preps Holiday Classic today. Wilson's squad is the fourth highest rated team nationally in the event.
Kameron Chatman (6-7, No. 29) led Portland, Ore., Columbia Christian to blowout wins City Christian, Damascus and Open Door. Chatman notched 24 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the win over Damascus, but was even better in the Dec. 26 Max Preps Classic. He scored 28 points (11-for-17 FG) in an overtime win over Concord, Calif., including the game winning triple in overtime. Highlights below.
Here's a nice article from OregonLive on Christian's team this year.
2015 offeree Luke Kennard continues to impress
Franklin, Ohio, standout shooting guard Luke Kennard (6-5, five-star prospect) is averaging a ridiculous 40.2 points per game, with a high of 51 and a low of 33. Michigan head coach John Beilein was in to see him recently.
"We tried to double and triple him and we got in foul trouble," Eaton head coach Denny Shepherd told the Dayton Daily News of Franklin's most recent game. "We tried to go to zone and out of that we matched up on him with two guys as much as we could. We thought that we did a pretty decent job on him making him take bad shots - if that's a word for him."
Eaton held Kennard to 41 points and 18 rebounds, the News reported. He nailed five of 11 triples. That added up to an 89-51 Franklin blowout that pushed its record to 6-0.
Kentucky is still considered the favorite, but Kennard still maintains he's open.
"He's a once-in-a-lifetime player for our whole area, not just our school," Franklin coach Brian Bales said. "This is a guy who, I think it's safe to say, he's going to be playing at the highest level at college and he's got a legitimate chance to be in the NBA."
Class of 2015 offeree Jalen Coleman (6-3, four-star) led La Porte, Ind., LaLumiere past Dallas Prime Prep, 59-55, on Saturday at the Tarkanian Classic at Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High School on Saturday afternoon. Coleman and the Lakers (11-1) will play Mitchell (S.D.) High School at 6 p.m. this Friday and West Oaks Academy (Fla.) at 3:30 p.m. this Saturday as part of the Mike Miller Classic at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D.
Offeree Jalen Brunson (6-3, four-star) of Lincolnshire, Ill., Stevenson led his team to 52-51 win at Gurnee, Ill., Warren Dec. 20. Brunson notched 20 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals in the win.
Brunson notched 17 points, five rebounds and four assists in a 78-36 win over Urban Prep-West earlier this week. Many analysts now consider him one of the elite point guards in his class.
Other 2015 targets
Lake Forest, Ill., small forward Evan Boudreaux (6-7, No. 106) scored 28 points and added 14 rebounds in a 54-40 win over Waukegan. He notchd 25 points and 10 rebounds in a 70-59 win over Mundelein. He'll visit Georgia Tech Jan. 11 but told us recently he's hearing more and more from Michigan.
Watch for an article on Boudreaux shortly.
Michigan assistant LaVall Jordan watched Las Vegas Bishop Gorman five-stars Stephen Zimmerman and Chase Jeter at the Tarkanian Classic. Bishop Gorman lost to Bishop O'Dowd in a game in which Jeter notched 13 points and eight boards in the loss while Zimmerman added only six points on 3-of-6 shooting. Zimmerman recorded 19 points in a 63-53 win over Valor Christian and Jeter added 12.
"One of the west coast's elite prospects in country showed some serious strides in his game since the last time we saw him," CityLeagueHoops.com reported. "A much more explosive athlete, Jeter had no problem going up in the paint to finish two handed dunks in traffic. He also showed off a much-improved frame and showed off a gorgeous jump hook, explaining why the likes of Indiana coach Tom Crean were in the house to watch him."
Kyle Ahrens of Versailles, Ohio (6-5, No. 146) remains one to watch closely. Vanderbilt offered, joining Iowa, Butler and Michigan are watching closely and Michigan State is also on the radar. Ahrens was averaging 23 points per game as of Dec. 17 with a high of 31.