As we await the impact of Juwan Howard on the 2022s taking official visits to Ann Arbor, this seems like an ideal time to run down my own personal board by position. In the second of a three part series, I rundown my Wing board today. Guards were covered yesterday.
A) Jarace Walker
School/AAU: IMG Academy (FL)/Team Thrill (Under Armour/Maryland)
Why: Instant impact player at the next level with a college ready frame. Projects as a playmaking forward that can break down bigger defenders off the bounce, while bullying smaller defenders in the paint. Best overall talent at the wing spot.
Where Michigan Stands: This one is trending away from Michigan. Walker already took a visit to Auburn and will visit Houston + Ohio State this month. Reclassification and professional route are also options.
B) Eric Dailey
School/AAU: IMG Academy (FL)/Doesn't Play AAU
Why: Instant impact player at the next level with college ready frame. Rapidly coming on as a shooter. Versatile prospect that isn't the same level of playmaker in relation to Walker, but a superior shooter.
Where Michigan Stands: The Wolverines have been a constant presence over the last year. Dailey confirmed to both 247 and Rivals that Michigan along with Miami, Virginia Tech, Dayton and Florida are the schools he plans to visit in the Fall. Functionally, this translates to a top 5. Per the same articles, Jett and Moussa are in his ear. Has known Juwan Howard since elementary school. There are rumblings that Eric could pursue the professional route in Spain. Feels like Michigan has a great shot here but for the timeline. I'm not sure the staff is willing to wait until the Fall.
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C) Cam Whitmore
School/AAU: Archbishop Spalding (MD)/Team Melo (Nike EYBL/Maryland)
Why: Explosive, NBA-caliber athlete with college ready frame and outstanding ceiling as a two-way player. Coming on as a shooter that hits catch + shoot threes and flashes the ability to hit pull-ups. Solid playmaker as a passer, but not on Walker's level. Best athlete of the group.
Where Michigan Stands: A plan B for the staff at this point with no offer in hand. Staff has been in contact over the last year, with an uptick since late April. Can't be considered serious until an offer is extended.
D) Andre Casey
School/AAU: Whitney Young HS (IL)/Meanstreets (Nike EYBL/Illinois)
Why: Very good athlete with nice upside. Showing flashes as a shooter. Projects as a versatile defender.
Where Michigan Stands: Michigan thought to be in his informal top group. Took OV to Ohio State last week. Will visit Marquette later this month. Will see Ann Arbor at some point this Summer. Juwan Howard ties to Chicago should pay dividends here.
E) Colin Smith
School/AAU: AZ Compass Prep (AZ)/Southern Assault (Adidas/Texas)
Why: Above-average/good shooter as a combo-forward. Can playmaker for others/pass a bit and put the ball on the floor. Projects as a nice utility-wing that is a good secondary piece for multiple years. Doesn't possess the athleticism/agility of the others, nor the upside.
Where Michigan Stands: Michigan has been in the thick of things here for a while, but never really seemed to gain pole position. Sister plays volleyball for Stanford and former HS/AAU teammate Harrison Ingram is a freshman there. Just coming off OV to Vanderbilt. Will likely visit Illinois. Expect LSU to get involved soon. In speaking with Colin often, he's in no hurry with the recruiting process. Heading to AZ Compass will likely open new doors for him.
F) Gregg Glenn
School: Calvary Christian (FL)/We All Can Go (Adidas/Tennessee)
Why: Good playmaker/passer as a face-up forward that can create off the bounce a bit. Good motor on the glass. Solid vertical athlete, but lacks ideal agility to defend perimeter. Below-average shooter at this point in development. More of an undersized PF tweener.
Where Michigan Stands: Michigan at or near the top based on heavy ties to Juwan Howard + family. I'd peg the Wolverines as the favorite. The question is the timeline. If he doesn't give a pledge by late July/early August, it may reach a breaking point.
G) Ty Rodgers
School: Grand Blanc (MI)/Meanstreets (Nike EYBL/Illinois)
Why: Good athlete with a college ready frame. Versatile defender that will be able to defend multiple positions the day he steps foot on a college campus. Good motor. The least skilled of the entire group. Non-shooter. Close to being maxed-out physically. Limited upside on that basis.
Where Michigan Stands: Michigan is really strong here after an OV the first week of June. Was on campus at UConn over the weekend and will start OV with Purdue today. With three visits already out of the way, this feels like a recruitment that could end in the next two months. Like Michigan's chances as of right now.