John Beilein and staff watch 5-star recruit Devin Booker, a Michigan target, score 34 points Monday
ANN ARBOR -- John Beilein was off taking care of a top priority Monday.
And he brought almost his entire staff with him.
Beilein brought Michigan assistants Bacari Alexander and LaVall Jordan with him to Mississippi on Monday to watch five-star 2014 shooting guard prospect Devin Booker score 34 points as his Moss Point (Miss.) High School squad topped Greenville-Weston, 63-60.
Booker confirmed the Michigan staff's presence to MLive.com on Monday evening.
A 6-foot-3, 180-pound guard who originally hails from Grandville, Booker is considered Michigan's top priority for the 2014 class -- as he's the highest-rated prospect in that class to currently hold an offer from Beilein and company.
The only member of Beilein's staff not on hand to watch Booker was assistant Jeff Meyer, who filled in for Beilein on the Big Ten teleconference and his weekly radio show Monday night.
He even answered a question about recruiting -- though, by NCAA rule, coaches cannot publicly comment on unsigned players.
"(Recruiting) is the lifeblood of our program," Meyer said. "Right now, it's really enjoyable. We've got a really good team, we're on television a lot and we get to walk into a lot of really neat places.
"We represent the University of Michigan and the 'block M.' We're in a really neat time to be here. ... There's no question that the (recruits) we're talking to, they see us on CBS, on ESPN, on the Big Ten Network, they know about the academic reputation at the University of Michigan. And those are the kind of kids that we are actively recruiting."
Booker is presently rated at No. 19 on ESPN.com's Top 60 for 2014. He was also one of the first players in the 2014 class to receive an offer from Michigan over the summer.
Booker -- whose father is former Missouri All-American Melvin Booker -- told MLive.com that he's "still taking it slow, for now," in terms of his decision-making process. The Wolverines appear to be in a race with Booker's father's alma mater, as Missouri has also reportedly been in hot pursuit.
The high-scoring guard went for 49 points in a game earlier this season. And shortly thereafter, Duke also reportedly began to take interest in Booker.
Michigan's only current commitment for the 2014 class is Austin Hatch, who was originally a member of the 2013 class, but reclassified after suffering injuries from a tragic plane crash in 2011.
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