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June-July 2014

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2014 BASKETBALL RECRUITING ISSUE BY CHRIS BALAS M ichigan still has work to do to complete its 2015 class, but the coaching staff is close to offering 2016 pros- pects with whom they've built rela- tionships. Here are four that are most likely to get offers June 15, the first day U-M extends them, and others to watch closely. Derryck Thornton Jr. 6-1 • 170 • PG Henderson, Nev. • Findlay Prep No. 20 rising junior nationally Arizona, UNLV, USC and just about everyone else out West has either offered or are seriously re- cruiting Derryck Thornton Jr., and for good reason — he's the com- plete package of skill, humility and work ethic. His father, Derryck Thornton Sr., said there is not a day that goes by that his son isn't working on his game by either playing, watch- ing film or asking questions. Those who have seen him train liken him to former Michigan All-American point guard Trey Burke when it comes to work ethic. "He's so focused on trying to be a pro that a lot of times I don't even have to tell him what to do. It's just, MINING FOR GOLD Michigan Is In On Some Of The Nation's Top 2016 Talent U-M is one of the frontrunners for Derryck Thornton Jr., who plans to visit Ann Arbor for four days in June while attending the Michigan Elite Camp. PHOTO COURTESY RIVALS.COM

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