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June-July 2012

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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Class Of 2014: More To Watch Central: The 6-7, 250-pound Wideman has grown an inch since last summer, and he's playing bigger and with more authority as a result. He can step out a bit and shoot to 15 feet, but he's at his best inside. A teammate of Michigan 2012 signee • Tyler Wideman, St. John (Ind.) Lake Tyler Wideman was a teammate of 2012 U-M signee Glenn Robinson III at St. John (Ind.) Lake Central. PHOTO COURTESY RIVALS.COM Glenn Robinson III, Wideman is familiar with U-M but wide open. He said Xavier has picked up the interest lately, but added he hasn't even begun to think about recruiting. "I like every school right now, early May. "When I feel like it's the right time to make a decision, then I'll look at it. gan State, Illinois and Tennessee are also showing interest. Purdue remains his only offer, while Michi- " he said in " • Peyton Allen, Chatham (Ill.) Glenwood: A 6-5, 180-pound shooting guard, Allen has already earned offers from Iowa, Oklahoma State and Bradley, and is hearing from Ten- nessee, Xavier, Florida State, Butler, Ohio State, Illinois and Purdue, among others, in addition to Michigan. "First and foremost, he's a knockdown shooter, Peyton Allen, a 6-5 shooting guard, camped at Michigan last year and he plans to again this summer. PHOTO COURTESY RIVALS.COM said recently. "He's great coming off screens and reading a defense. But he's more than just a shooter. He can get to the basket and finish and is very good at getting his team- mates involved by passing the basketball. Peyton has a very high basketball IQ. " SW Jets AAU coach Dana Morgan Allen camped at Michigan last year and plans a return trip this fall. He's also been on campus for a football weekend. " High: Edwards, a 6-7, 210-pound small for- ward and four-star prospect, av- eraged 15.4 points, 12.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists as a sophomore. He seemed close to committing to Purdue in April, but hadn't as of May 10. Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Xavier, Dayton and West Virginia were watching him, the latter two having offered. "He can play every position on the court, • Vincent Edwards, Middletown (Ohio) Vincent Edwards, a four- star prospect, averaged 15.4 points and 12.4 rebounds last season. PHOTO COURTESY RIVALS.COM reported from the April AAU scene. "Edwards is an underrated athlete who can shoot the ball consistently out to the three-point line, handle the ball when attacking the rim and rebounds at a really high rate. " boasting a 7-0 wingspan), will end up at a Big Ten school, and two in particular — Purdue and Michigan — have made an early impression. Bates-Diop has been on the Purdue campus a few times, and he has been to U-M on three occasions and is planning a June return visit for the Wolverines' prestigious camp. Bates-Diop, who averaged 14 points per game as a sophomore, is focused on improving. Keita Bates-Diop stands 6-7, but he boasts a 7-0 wingspan, and Purdue and Michigan are the Big Ten schools that have made the big- gest impression on him so far. PHOTO COURTESY RIVALS.COM all the time and focusing on my jump shot, just shooting more and being more aggressive," he said. It's paying off, AAU Illinois Wolves "I'm working on my ball handling head coach Dave Kleinschmidt said recently. "Last year, he was kind of an in- consistent shooter from outside, and now I'm surprised if he misses from out there," he said. "Now guys have to come up on him all the time. At his size, he's athletic and quick enough to go by his guys, too. He can put the ball on the floor and get to the rim." Added strength will make him just about a complete player offensively. His length, meanwhile, makes him a great defender and shot blocker. Outlook: Purdue, DePaul and North- " western have already offered, and Michigan seems likely to when Beilein and his staff extend offers to rising ju- niors in mid-June. Illinois, Oklahoma State and Louisville are among those showing serious interest, though the list is growing rapidly. U-M is in solid shape near the top of his list. "I have a long time to decide, so I want to do my research," Bates-Diop said. "I talk to Coach [LaVall] Jor- dan and Coach Beilein at least once a week. I have a lot of contact with them right now, a really good rela- tionship with the players and staff, and my parents really like the school. They have guys that can pick and pop and get up the floor. They really fit my style." JUNE/JULY 2012 THE WOLVERINE 29

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