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October 2011

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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������ basketball recruiting there are strong vibes that Michigan is in solid shape to be the one he tells, ���Yes.��� Class Of 2012 Commitment Nick Stauskas Enjoys Official Visit Michigan head coach John Beilein and his staff didn���t really have to worry about losing Nick Stauskas once the senior pledged in March. The 6-6, 205-pounder,���s No.�� 79 senior and No. 12 shooting guard nationally, has been solid on his commitment since, enjoying his trips to Ann Arbor like he was already a part of the community. Any remaining concern disappeared following an official visit that couldn���t have been better. Stauskas and his family made it in for U-M���s football weekend with San Diego State, a 28-7 Michigan win. It was a different experience for the Canadian transplant, now at Southborough (Mass.) St. Mark���s. ���It was unbelievable,��� Stauskas said. ���I had such a great time. ���When I���ve been there before, none of the students have been there. The football atmosphere was crazy, and this time I got to go out with the players afterward, got to see what they live like. ���After the weekend, I didn���t want to go back [to St. Mark���s]. It was a really good time.��� Stauskas had already taken the campus tour twice and didn���t need another. He did, however, get to see newly renovated Crisler Arena, and he also got a peek at the nearly completed Player Development Center. Stauskas will be among the first to use it for the entirety of his career. ���Crisler is looking really good,��� Stauskas said. ���The inside is completely different than the last time we were there. They also took us into the PDC ��� it���s not done yet, but it���s looking great.��� Stauskas��� next return won���t be for a few months, when he plans to come back to campus for a basketball game or two. His last season at St. Mark���s begins in early November, but he���s already preparing. A productive summer elevated Stauskas in the rankings but also took a toll on his knees, causing him to take some time off. Plenty of physical therapy and a bit of rest have left him feeling as good as he has in a long time. ���There wasn���t really a specific reason for the pain in my knees. There might have been some overuse, and maybe a little was that I���m still grow- Class Of 2012 Notes ��� Nick Stauskas said he���d likely room with fellow 2013 pledge Glenn Robinson III, who enjoyed his own official visit Sept. 10 for Michigan���s football weekend with Notre Dame. Robinson visited the ESPN GameDay set before the game, took in all the festivities of U-M���s first night game and celebrated the Wolverines��� 35���31 victory with AAU coach Wayne Brumm. Brumm reported Robinson���s family had an incredible experience, solidifying his pledge. Robinson participated in Under Amour���s inaugural Grind Session camp the weekend of Sept. 23 and emerged as one of the top players in attendance. The event was held in Chicago, featured 50 of the nation���s top players regardless of class, and included traditional athletic testing as well as professional level instruction and drills. Among the highlights, Robinson recorded the highest vertical leap of all camp participants. Under Armour���s website listed Robinson with a 36-inch vertical leap, and he also had the best Combine 360 composite score on different shuttles, runs and other exercises. Robinson also played extremely well on the court. ���Michigan commit wing Glenn Robinson III has continued to improve,��� reported. ���He attacked defenders off the bounce, finished above the rim with authority on the break and knocked down midrange jumpers. Robinson is freaky athletic and has all the makings to be special.��� ��� ranked Michigan���s class of 2012 eighth nationally in early September. ���John Beilein has a couple talented four-star wings in the recruiting fold,��� the website wrote. ���Robinson III, the son of The Big Dog, has blossomed this summer into a terrific prospect. Stauskas is a versatile shooting guard with nice size for his position.��� rates Stauskas, who committed to the Wolverines in March, as the country���s 12th-best shooting guard and the No.�� 79 player in the class of 2012. photo courtesy ing,��� he said. ���But I went to physical therapy the whole summer, and they gave me a certain set of exercises. They have really helped. ���I���m back doing lots of individual work right now. We���re always in the gym working on shots and ball handling, and we run open gyms a couple times a week.��� He also ran with the Michigan players and fit in well, he said. Tim Hardaway Jr. was one who hosted him on his trip, and the sophomore impressed both on and off the court. ���I think I fit right in,��� Stauskas said. ���I can tell they���ll make good friends, because they���re all really nice people. That shows a lot about the people Coach Beilein recruits. They���re not just good basketball players, but also good people.��� Class Of 2013 Pledge Austin Hatch Continues To Recover Michigan made noise over the summer with four, high-profile class of 2013 commitments in Fort Wayne (Ind.) Canterbury shooting guard Austin Hatch (6-6, 195, three-star prospect), Whitehouse (Ohio) Anthony Wayne forward Mark Donnal (6-9, 210, No.�� 124 junior nationally), Harper Woods (Mich.) Chandler Park Academy point guard Derrick Walton (6-0, 185, No.�� 87 player naOctober 2011��� ������ the wolverine��� 75

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