June 15th marks the first day that the Wolverines can extend offers to rising junior prospects since Michigan doesn’t offer players until June 15 after their sophomore year. It’s a policy Beilein reportedly does so that he see and evaluate the academic standing of the player after two high school years.
However, once June 15th hits, it’s safe to say that the Wolverines don’t believe in wasting much time because they extended six scholarships to six talented student athletes on Sunday, June 15th.
Michigan offers five-star guards Derryck Thornton Jr. and Tyus Battle
2016 point guard Derryck Thornton Jr. who holds offers from Arizona, USC, UNLV, California, Connecticut and Miami (FL) was one of the first players Michigan offered on Sunday.
According to UMHoops.com Thornton was just in Ann Arbor last week on a multi-day visit.
“It was great, I loved everything,” Thornton told UM Hoops after the visit last week. “The coaching staff was great and they took me around the campus which was very nice. They took me everywhere, I got to see everything and meet some really cool people there. I talked to the players and I played some pick up with the players and I loved it. It was great.” - UMHoops.com
When you talk about Thornton, you’re talking about a talented young man. At 6-foot-2 and 182 pounds, Thornton is explosive and more than capable of getting to the rim and finishing strong at the rim. He can push the ball in transition but he can also work in the half court set. Offensively, he has the handles to get into the lane and create for himself but he also has the vision and unselfishness to create for others as well. He is just as impressive on the defensive side of the ball, due to his quick hands and athleticism.
He still needs to improve his jump shot from both mid-range and three-point range but overall, he is a talented young man, who could eventually end up in Wolverine jersey.
The same goes for 2016 guard Tyus Battle, who also received an offer from Michigan on Sunday. UMHoops.com reports that Battle also took a multi-day unofficial visit to Michigan last weekend for a campus tour and he also participated in Michigan’s College Practice Camp.
“Michigan was awesome, we had a great time,” Battle’s father, Gary, told ZagsBlog.com after the visit. “Tyus really enjoyed the visit. The coaching staff is very thorough. We really enjoyed their presentation and the campus and the way they would use Tyus. Obviously, academically Michigan is something we like a lot.” - UMHoops.com
At 6-foot-5, Battle may be one of the more versatile players in the country. He has the size that allows him to play either guard position. Scoring wise, he is definitely one of the more dynamic scorers, due to his ability to create his own shot from almost anywhere on the floor. Creatively, he has good court vision and the handles to change speed and directions, which makes him threat in the half-court setting or in transition.
While I’m sure many fans would love to see him in Wolverine jersey someday, keep in mind that gaining a commitment from Battle probably won’t be easy, considering his college interest is continuously growing.
Battle visited Villanova on Tuesday and is set to visit Louisville and Kentucky on Monday and Tuesday of this week. UConn, Syracuse, Wake Forest, Maryland and Indiana are also involved in Battle’s recruitment. – UMHoops.com
Michigan offers Detroit guard Cassius Winston
Another player who could end up in a Wolverine jersey in the near future is University of Detroit Jesuit (Mich.) 2016 point guard Cassius Winston, who also received an offer from Michigan on Sunday.
The Detroit product has been on Michigan’s radar for a while now and we all knew it was only a matter of time before he received an offer. According to UMHoops.com, Winston was very impressive at Michigan’s College Practice Camp last week, which likely earned him an offer.
Winston impressed at Michigan’s College Practice Camp last weekend, widely presumed to be the top performer of the event, and likely earned his offer with the big performance.
“I think I did pretty well; I did a lot of good things,” Winston told The Detroit News last week. “I had a very good showing and just showed what I was capable of. It’s nice to have a little competition, just someone to compete with, but you don’t really get into it. It’s just another basketball game and you’re trying to win.” - UMHoops.com
I don’t know about you but I like the idea of Winston joining the Wolverines some day. The 6-foot guard may not be the biggest or the quickest but he has a very high basketball IQ and well-rounded skill set which allows him to be one of the more productive players in the state of Michigan. As a creator, he has always displayed great court vision and he has tendency to make the toughest pass look easy. Offensively, he has an explosive crossover and once he gets past the first line of defense, he is more than capable of taking the ball to the rim and finishing strong against contact but he also has a smooth mid range jumper that he can hit on a consistent basis.
Michigan offers Ohio forward Seth Towns and Ohio big man Jon Teske
Ohio native Trey Burke, is arguably one of the best players to come out of Northland High School (OH) and he is definitely one of the best players to play at Michigan. Now, it seems the Wolverines could have another Ohio product on the roster, considering the Wolverines offered Northland (OH) 2016 forward Seth Towns on Sunday.
It appears that Towns is just as fond of Michigan, as they are of him. According to UMHoops.com, he has visited Michigan on nearly 10 different occasions for football games, basketball games, camps and unofficial visits. Although he is hearing from Dayton, Xavier, Virginia Tech and others, he previously named Michigan as one of his top schools.
Towns had previously named Michigan his leader and has grown fond of the Wolverine program.
“I really like their coaching style and playing style,” he said. “How it’s a really spread out offense and the players — it’s not like a Princeton offense where it’s ran through (set motion and cuts) — they have freedom and they like being able to get out on the floor and show what they can do. It’s kind of like an NBA style team. I really like that aspect.” – UMHoops.com
At 6-foot-7, Towns is incredibly smooth and versatile on the offensive end. He can run the floor very well and finish through contact. While I feel he does his best production from the mid-range area, he has shown the ability to knock down the outside shot. Plus he is a very underrated passer, who has good vision.
Keep in mind, Towns isn’t the only Ohio native, who received an offer from Michigan on Sunday. The Wolverines also offered a scholarship 2016 big man Jon Teske, who reportedly averaged 12 points, nine rebounds and five blocks per game as a sophomore.
Although, he is still underrated in some circles, UMHoops.com, reports that Teske has been on Michigan’s radar for a while.
Teske visited Ann Arbor for Michigan’s College Practice Camp and is one of the primary big men on Michigan’s recruiting board. He missed most of the spring with an injury, but he participated in Michigan’s camp and should be poised for a big July. - UMHoops.com
I’m inclined to agree, the 6-foot-10 big man still needs to get stronger but has solid post game and you add that with his soft touch, from the perimeter and around the rim and you’re talking about young man with plenty of raw talent.
Michigan offers four-star point guard Quentin Goodin
The final offer of the day went to four-star point guard Quentin Goodin, who received his offer from Michigan on Sunday evening.
Now according to UMHoops.com, Goodin’s offer from Michigan is no surprised considering Goodin was one of the top performers at the Wolverines’ College Practice Camp last week.
“It was really fun,” Goodin said after his camp visit. “I got to see some of my friends like Tyus Battle, Derryck Thornton. It’s always good to see other friends and compete and I feel like that’s the best time to play against each other, some people you know because that brings your game out the best.” - UMHoops.com
It’s very easy to see why the Wolverines are high on Goodin. He averaged 20 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals last season At 6-foot-2, he is a great distributor, who is capable of making plays for his teammates in the half court setting or in transition. Offensively, he is known as slasher. He is very athletic and strong which allows him to finish around the rim and finish against contact.
Although he still has to work on his jump shot from both mid-range and long-range, this is highly coveted prospect that the Wolverines were to smart to offer.
As of right now, Goodin is considering offers from Indiana, Western Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Stanford, UAB, Tennessee, Northern Kentucky, West Virginia, Murray State and Kansas State. Although, UMHoops.com reports that Goodin isn’t planning on making a college decision until August before his senior season, I’m sure there are plenty of Michigan fans, hoping that he will choose the Wolverines when the time comes.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit