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Posted on Thu, Sep 1, 2011 : 5:56 p.m.

Several 2014 Michigan basketball recruits expected to visit campus this month

By Nick Baumgardner

Michigan basketball coach John Beilein and staff got off to a fast start with the Wolverines' 2012 and 2013 recruiting classes, quickly netting six verbals between the two groups.

And now, the Michigan staff appears ready to start chipping away at its 2014 crop -- as six different 2014 prospects are slated to make unofficial visits to campus throughout September.


Potential recruits for Michigan basketball coach John Beilein and his staff's 2014 class plan to visit Ann Arbor soon for unofficial visits.

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Illinois Wolves AAU basketball coach Mike Mullins said via Twitter today that 2014 prospects Keita Bates-Diop of University (Ill.) High School, Peyton Allen of Glenwood (Ill.) High School and Amanze Egekeze of Huntley (Ill.) High School have scheduled unofficial visits to Michigan.

Mullins wrote that Bates-Diop (6-6, forward) will visit this weekend, while Egezeke (6-6, forward) and Allen (6-4, shooting guard) will visit Sept. 17 and Sept. 24, respectively.

Also, Eric Gordon All-Stars AAU coach Brian Keeton confirmed to Thursday that 2014 prospects Bryant McIntosh (6-2, point guard) and Sean Sellers (6-5, small forward) - both from Greensburg (Ind.) High School - as well as Indianapolis North Central High School's Perry Poindexter (6-7, small forward) will all unofficially visit campus on Sept. 17.

There is no limit to the number of unofficial visits a player can take. Unofficial visits - as opposed to official visits - are trips by a player to a university that are paid for by the player or player's family. Recruits may take five official visits, and cannot do so until the first day of class during their senior year of high school. Official visits are paid for by the university.

Michigan already has verbal commitments from four-star small forward Glenn Robinson III and four-star guard Nik Stauskas for 2012.

Consensus national top-five power forward Mitch McGary is scheduled to take an official visit to Michigan on Saturday. Michigan's 2012 class is rated at No. 14 overall by

The Wolverines' 2013 class features verbal commitments from four-star point guard Derrick Walton, four-star small forward Zak Irvin, three-star power forward Mark Donnal and three-star shooting guard Austin Hatch.

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan basketball for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.


Megan Greene

Thu, Sep 8, 2011 : 12:26 a.m.

Let's see. In his three previous jobs (Canisius, Richmond and West Virginia) Beilein was five and out. He's in his fifth year with UofM and it is likely his last gig coaching. He can't go higher because his record doesn't merit it. Last year, in his fourth year, all we heard about was how young his team was. It's his fifth year and it's young again at some key positions (e.g., the point). He never really recruited sufficient bigs to make deep penetration into the NCAA tournament. This talk of Mitch McGary is complete nonsense, a ruse, since Roy Williams personally recruited him to NC. Who recruited him to Michigan? He's a perfect fit with NC or Duke. So we'll be in the same situation as last year. I follow Michigan and Big 10 basketball. Michigan looks middle of the pack to me and unfortunately will stay that way with this coach.


Thu, Sep 22, 2011 : 10:17 p.m.

In college basketball, particularly in the early exit era, you are always young at a key position. John Beilein has Michigan in a great position after loading two consecutive classes. Michigan should actually be able to start an all four star line up for the first time in over a decade. Mitch McGary himself said that his game is tailor made to Beilein's system, even more so than UNC or Duke. UM is no UNC or Duke but they have a chance because of the system and depth chart. Last point Beilein just got his arena redone, he's not going anywhere.


Fri, Sep 2, 2011 : 12:49 a.m.

John Beilien has this program in excellent shape heading into this year and the future. The rest of the big blue nation needs to take heed and give the hardwood Wolverines some love and support. GO BLUE & SMASH WMU THIS WEEKEND!