Michigan was well represented in the recent Indiana junior - senior all-star game in preparation for the Kentucky - Indiana All-Star Challenge, boasting two of the competition's best players. St. John (Ind.) Lake Central standout wing Glenn Robinson III scored 21 points to lead the seniors to a 104-97 win over Zak Irvin (Fishers Hamilton Southeastern) and the junior squad.
Robinson (6-7, 210), a Rivals.com five-star recruit and No. 11 senior nationally, has already signed to play at Michigan and will join the program this summer. Irvin (6-6, 190) committed last summer - Rivals.com's No. 63 junior nationally scored 20 points in leading the junior squad.
Watch for film from the game later today. For more details from NWITimes.com, click here: Robinson and more.
Illinois offers Bates-Diop
Normal (Ill.) University standout '14 wing Keita Bates-Diop has added another offer, and it's a big one for him. Illinois recently joined DePaul, Northwestern, Purdue and Kansas State in offering the 6-7, 190-pounder, and it was clearly coveted.
"It's exciting. I'm very blessed to get the offer," he said. "It's all very humbling and it just makes me want to work harder."
The lanky wing with a 7-3 wingspan continues to improve. He has a solid relationship with Michigan assistant LaVall Jordan, but he's in no rush to decide. Purdue has always been strong with him, while new Illini head coach John Groce has also made an impression.
""It's about the coaching staff and my relationship with them, as well as the players that I will be playing with when I get there," he said of factors in his decision. "How much do I like playing with them? I'm also looking for the right style of play, a system that fits my game.
"I don't have any timeframe. I'll decide when it feels right."
Bates-Diop plans on being in Ann Arbor this weekend for Michigan's college practice camp and will likely receive a U-M offer June 15. He's Rivals.com's No. 39 rising junior nationally.
Another class of 2014 top 50 prospect, shooting guard Devin Booker of Moss Point (Miss.), recently made his fourth trip to Ann Arbor, but he won't be in town this weekend for the Michigan camp. Booker will instead participate in the St. Louis Nike Elite 100 camp, where he could well make another visit to Missouri, his father's alma mater.
Booker is another expected to receive an offer when head coach John Beilein and his staff extend them June 15.
Class of 2013 pledge Derrick Walton of Harper Woods (Mich.) Chandler Park Academy continues to play to his No. 72 national ranking. Walton was selected to the Pangos All-American Camp's Top 60 all-star game after putting on a show in Chicago at the Adidas Best Buy Classic.
"One of 2013's top pure point men, Walton is a skilled ball handler with a strong build and tremendous quickness on the break," Rivals.com reported. "A pass-first guard who always is looking to make his teammates better, Walton affects the game in a variety of ways. When you add in his scoring, which he can do from long-range or around the basket, as well as his on-ball defense, you can see why Rivals.com has him ranked as a four-star prospect."
Irvin also impressed in Chicago.
"A pure scoring wing who just keeps getting better, Irvin is deadly from long range off of the bounce. A long and athletic wing who can use the dribble to score in transition, he can alter the game with his physical tools, but it's his skill-set that stands out. Irvin has a smooth jumper that he's always looking to get off over defenders who sag off of him. Once he hits one shot, the Eric Gordon All-Stars forward can heat up with the best of them."
Greensburg (Ind.) shooting guard Bryant McIntosh (6-2, 155) will visit Xavier, and it wouldn't be surprising if more high majors started taking him seriously after his performance in Chicago.
"He's a high level shooter and scorer that is really creative as a playmaker off the bounce," MusketeerScoop.com reported. "His high basketball IQ, aggressive style, and pure scoring mindset make him a tough player to defend; even though he doesn't look physically imposing. McIntosh has seen his recruiting stock skyrocket so far on the AAU circuit and the Musketeers should be happy to get an early visit with him."
Rivals.com called McIntosh the top underclassman of the day when they saw him, a "skilled and streaky scorer with an aggressive mentality and no conscience." Indiana, Purdue and Louisville also join U-M in watching him closely.
Three members of the Southwest Illinois Jets 16U AAU team will be in attendance for Michigan's camp this weekend, all '14s. Chatham (Ill.) Glenwood shooting guard Peyton Allen, a deadly shooter who has long been on U-M's radar, will join teammates Darius Austin of Cahokia, Ill. (6-6 SF) Darreon Reddick of Belleville (Ill.) East. (6-3 SG) in Ann Arbor.
Allen holds offers from Iowa, Oklahoma State and Bradley and has received heavy interest Boston College, Kansas State, Xavier and Penn State in addition to U-M.
"He's a great shooter," Jets coach Dana Morgan said. "During the first evaluation period, he was 20-of-30 from the 3-point line. But, he can actually put the ball on the floor. He can shoot off the dribble. He can shoot off the catch. He can shoot in transition. He can get to the basket, and he's an unselfish player to where he can get to the basket and he can find people."
Though listed as a combo guard, Reddick hopes to show off his point guard skills at the U-M camp and earn an offer. DePaul and IUPUI have already offered while Kansas State, Xavier, Penn State and Iowa are also watching him in addition to Michigan.
"He is a very, very physical guard," Morgan said. "He can get to the basket and finish with either hand. He can shoot the mid-range shot, and he can shoot the three-point shot. But his greatest strength is his physicality. He can take bigger guards off the dribble, smaller guard off the dribble, plus he can post up guards on the inside."
Austin holds offers from Saint Louis, DePaul, Miami of Ohio and is hearing from Xavier and Kansas State in addition to U-M.
"He can play the one, the two or the three, and he's very skilled with the ball," Morgan said. "He's real physical. He can get to the basket and finish. He has a good mid-range jump shot. He can hit the three-point shot. He's great in the open court. He can find people."
We'll get a chance to see all three prospects in action this weekend.
Michigan has an in with All Ohio Red, and there's another to watch in Pickerington (Ohio) Central's Jae'sean Tate. The class of 2014 small forward (6-4, 185), a teammate of U-M incoming freshman shooting guard Caris LeVert, excelled at the late May Nike Super 16, Musketeerscoop.com reported.
"At this point in his career he's still a 6-5 hybrid power forward but Tate has all world athletic ability, plays with passion and is the toughest kid on the floor more often then not," they wrote. "All that combined with an excellent face-up game from the mid-post make him a great prospect whose college level might be determined by how high he gets up on that measuring stick.
"Tate played his normal game over the weekend, and as always was up and down the floor with a better pace then any other player. At about 210 pounds there were no other 16u forwards that could contain him as he dominated the rebounding game inside."