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September 2016

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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70 THE WOLVERINE SEPTEMBER 2016   BASKETBALL RECRUITING Ryan averaged 24.5 points per game on the AAU circuit, but it's his all-around game that most im- pressed the Michigan coaches. Ryan said he was just as enthralled with the U-M program, especially after getting the tour of campus and the facilities. "I really enjoyed my time on cam- pus," he said. "The staff and players did a great job showing me around and showing me what it means to be part of the Michigan team." Ryan holds offers from Indiana, Boston College, Florida and several others. U-M was a big one for him, however. "I am very thankful to Coach B and all his staff for the offer," he said. "It means a lot to me. "I've seen and talked to Coach Beilein a lot this summer. He came to a few of my games in Pennsyl- vania and a couple in Orlando. I've seen him around, texted and talked to him on the phone. He came with Coach [Jeff] Meyer. "The staff is great. They're won- derful. They do a really good job reaching out, but are not overag- gressive or bothersome." Crotty said Ryan's points per game on the AAU circuit didn't tell half the story of his player 's contri- bution to the team, noting his lead- ership, passing, rebounding and de- fense were off the charts. "The skilled and athletic two- guard was one of the biggest sto- ries of the AAU Super Showcase in Orlando," Bossi reported. "After narrowly missing the 2018 rank- ings update at the beginning of July, he's a lock to make the post summer rankings. "Look for more high major offers headed his way in the near future." Carmody, meanwhile, does just about everything well. He holds offers from Louisville and Notre Dame, among others, and visited in June. He's been to Purdue three times. Michigan offered Aug. 9. He vis- ited this summer and was blown away. "The offer means a lot," Rob Carmody, Robby's dad and coach, said. "We have been so impressed with everything Michigan has to of- fer. Coach Beilein has been terrific throughout the recruiting process." The June visit was an eye-opener, he added. "We knew Michigan had outstand- ing academics, but our visit in June really highlighted just how highly thought of the university is," he said. Finally, Hunter 's offer came as a result of his outstanding late sum- mer play. He holds offers from Day- ton, Penn State, West Virginia, Xavier and several others, and was watched closely by head coach John Beilein during the final week of the evalua- tion period in Las Vegas. "The last few days in Las Vegas saw many 2018 prospects emerge as potential high-major prospects. Three-star small forward Jerome Hunter of the Ohio Nova added his name to the list," Bossi re- ported. "By helping lead his team to the 16U semifinals of the Fab 48, Hunter had a stage to play in front of many coaches, and he took full advantage. "A rangy athlete who is pushing 6-foot-7, Hunter made several jump shots between 12 feet and the three- point line. He showed some athleti- cism going to the rim, and his frame has plenty of room to add muscle without costing him flexibility or athleticism. Also, with his size he can play as a face-up four to provide more mobility in a lineup." ❏ On The Web For regular reports on Michigan basketball recruiting plus videos of U-M commitments and targets visit 2018 NOTEBOOK • Thomas Kithier, a 2018 power forward out of Macomb (Mich.) Dakota, was slated to come to Michigan for a second visit this summer on Aug. 6 and try to earn an offer at the College Practice Camp, but he pledged to Michigan State days before the camp. • Cleveland Holy Name four-star Dwayne Cohill (No. 76 prospect in the class) is very athletic and tore it up in shooting drills at the Michigan camp in proving he might be offer worthy. He has legitimate interest in Michigan, and it's mutual. Cohill was slated to visit Northwestern, Xavier, Penn State, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Vanderbilt during his August and September weekends. • Champaign (Ill.) Central shooting guard Tim Finke (6-6, 190) might be a bit overrated at No. 48 nationally, but he proved at the camp that he can play. He was active in the game we saw, finishing in transition and nailing a corner three, and though he didn't shoot the ball well in the three-point drill, he's got good form on his shot. He'll be one to watch going forward. Cormac Ryan — a four-star, 6-5, 190-pound 2018 point guard at Milton (Mass.) Academy — picked up an offer from the Wolverines following the Michigan College Practice Camp Aug. 6. PHOTO COURTESY RIVALS.COM

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