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June July 2018

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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46 THE WOLVERINE JUNE/JULY 2018   2018 BASKETBALL RECRUITING ISSUE BY CHRIS BALAS A ny basketball enthusiast looking at the Michigan program would agree that, on the surface, the Wolver- ines appear to be in great shape over the next several years. The 2018 recruiting class appears to be very good, and there is still a lot of young talent on the team as it is, led by sophomores to be Jordan Poole and Isaiah Livers. That situation can change in an in- stant, however, whether it's injuries or unforeseen transition. It's always imperative to cover bases in case it happens, and the U-M coaches have done their due diligence in identify- ing potential future Wolverines. Here's a look at the 2019 prospects they're chasing, starting with those offered. D.J. CARTON 6-3 • 190 • Point Guard Bettendorf (Iowa) High No. 30 Junior Nationally Carton doesn't do many interviews un- less they're at events, choosing instead to spend home time with family (some- times even playing board games) and friends. It's refresh- ing, even if it makes it harder to get the latest scoop on his recruitment. He has visited U-M for a football game last season, has been to Wis- consin and Iowa a number of times, and has spoken with Michigan, Ohio State and Indiana about summer visits. He reportedly also plans to visit in-state schools Iowa, and some believe it would be stunning if he didn't stay in the Big Ten. Scouts on hand said U-M assistant coach Luke Yaklich watched Carton for a number of consecutive days at the NY2LA Event at the end of April in Minnetonka, Minn., and head coach John Beilein joined him on the final day. He's a Michigan priority, and there's been plenty of positive buzz about him and the Wolverines. Carton has come a long way to earn his ranking, and some think he's a potential five-star. "Last year I was 180 pounds and now I'm 198. I put in a lot of work in the weight room," Carton said in April. "I feel like I got a lot stronger, and the game has felt a lot easier with the added strength. Little things like that can help with my overall game." As a sophomore, Carton averaged around 10 points per game. As a junior, he was needed to score and posted about 25 points per game, plus five assists a contest. He insists there are no leaders and added he's got a while before he de- cides. Many believe it's only a mat- ter of time before the nation's elite programs get involved. Others, how- ever, think it could end this summer. His head coach, Curtis Clark, said Michigan coaches have made a great impression. "They've done a great job recruit- ing him," he said. "They are real, down-to-earth guys." Carton narrowed his list May 11, announcing via Twitter a final six of U-M, Iowa, Ohio State, Indiana, Marquette and Xavier. AN EYE ON THE FUTURE Michigan Is In On Many Class Of 2019 Standouts Bettendorf (Iowa) High standout D.J. Carton —'s No. 30 overall player nationally — announced a top six of Michigan, Iowa, Ohio State, Indiana, Marquette and Xavier. PHOTO COURTESY RIVALS.COM

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