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Michigan Class of 2012 Team Profile

Overview

Michigan got a five-man recruiting class including two top-40 prospects and ventured outside of state borders for every prospect. The gem of the class is power forward Mitch McGary (#24) who’s stocked soared throughout his last AAU season but then dropped some during his high school season. He has one of the best motors in the country and his game heavily benefits because his hustle opens up opportunities that wouldn’t otherwise exist. However, the reason his stock dropped some is because he didn’t have that same motor all throughout his high school season. That motor of his is what’s going to be a big factor in how he fares throughout his college career.

Get to know the recruits

Mitch McGary | Overall: #24 | Position: Power Forward (#5) | 6’10 | 263

McGary’s stocked soared throughout his last AAU season but then dropped some during his high school season. He has one of the best motors in the country and his game heavily benefits because his hustle opens up opportunities that wouldn’t otherwise exist. However, the reason his stock dropped some is because he didn’t have that same motor all throughout his high school season. He is a good shot-blocker and has great footwork and has a good presence of mind. McGary displays a variety of interior scoring moves too and consistently knocks down mid-range jumpers. In addition, he rebounds, handles the ball well and creates scoring opportunities for him teammates effectively.

Glenn Robinson | Overall: #38 | Position: Small Forward (#7) | 6’6 | 200

Son of a former Purdue great and number one overall pick, Robinson has great athleticism and excels in transition. He has the ability to knock down the perimeter shot and get to the basket and is a threat on the offensive end in multiple facets. Robinson is a guy with great upside and is able to hit pull-up jumpers in the mid-range game. He utilizes dribble penetration well and is a terrific finisher above the rim. However, Robinson can improve his strength and develop a bigger body in addition to doing a better job of staying in front of his opponent when he’s on defense.

Nik Stauskas | Overall: NR | Position: Small Forward (NR) | 6’6 | 205

Stauskas is an excellent shooter with terrific range and consistency. He’s a good decision-maker who seems like he has to be guarded once he crosses half-court. He’s a solid ball-handler and passer but needs to improve on creating his own shot off the dribble. Stauskas can also get stronger and improve on defense where he’s weak right now.

Caris LeVert | Overall: NR | Position: Shooting Guard (NR) | 6’5 | 175

LeVert, like Stauskas, can flat-out shoot. He has the range and consistency you look for in a shooter. He’s able to create space too when attempting to get that shot off. LeVert’s athleticism is a plus as well but he needs to improve his strength. He could also become better in attacking the basket.

Spike Albrecht | Overall: NR | Position: Point Guard (NR) | 6’1 | 178

True floor general — that’s all you need to know about Albrecht. He’s the type of point guard you want running your team who will get people the ball when and where they should get it. He has a very high basketball-IQ and doesn’t turn the ball over much. However, his lack of physical tools (athleticism, quickness, explosiveness, etc.) is what hurts him the most. He’s not going to drive by his defender and he could be a liability on defense against good athletes.

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One comment on “Michigan Class of 2012 Team Profile

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