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June July 2018

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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48 THE WOLVERINE JUNE/JULY 2018   2018 BASKETBALL RECRUITING ISSUE with that, Brooks' father, Keion Sr., said. "He showed a lot of interest and came down here by himself. He re- ally did a great job coming in and giving his angle of Michigan and what he thought was so great about Michigan and what he could do for Keion," the elder Brooks said. "He talked about what was going on off the court, what he was most im- pressed with about the university and things going on up there. "I think he likes the versatility Keion could play with. Whatever best fits the team, Coach seems to adjust to that. As a player, you like to be able to see that." MARK "ROCKET" WATTS 6-2 • 160 • Point Guard Detroit Old Redford Prep No. 67 Junior Nationally Watts recently said Connecticut, Mar- q u e t t e , M i c h i g a n , Michigan State and Missouri contact him the most. He has had an outstanding first two Nike EYBL ses- sions and has seen his recruitment expand as a result. "I want to start taking my offi- cial visits soon, and I will probably take them to UConn, USC and Mar- quette," he said. "I doubt I'll take any to Michigan or Michigan State, just because they're so close and I can go up there any time." Watts noted he had already been on U-M's campus numerous times throughout his life, adding he ab- solutely loves the game-day atmo- sphere in Ann Arbor. "Everybody on campus knew me whenever I'd go up there, and that part was pretty cool," he recalled. "I also know some of the players on their team. It's always a good time in Ann Arbor." It's not just the atmosphere that Watts likes about Michigan. Beilein is known as an offensive mastermind when it comes to guard play, and the Detroit native has taken notice. "I love that Coach Beilein lets his guards play," the four-star said. "He also loves tough guards who can get out and run." Watts was averaging 22.6 points and 2.8 assists per game through eight EYBL contests, while shooting 37.9 percent from the floor and 27.3 percent from long range. Some have said Michigan State is his leader, while others believe he'll head out of state. U-M is in it, how- ever, and will continue to recruit him. ROMEO WEEMS 6-5 • 180 • Small Forward New Haven (Mich.) High No. 33 Junior Nationally We e m s l e d t h e New Haven to a sec- ond straight state semifinal game, av- eraging 23.5 points and 10.8 rebounds per contest. He also was named the Asso- ciated Press Class B Player of the Year for the second con- secutive season. Weems said Minnesota, DePaul, Ohio State, Oregon, Michigan State and Michigan were recruiting him the hardest, but many believe he's been favoring MSU for quite some time. He recently had to shut down people on Twitter and ask them to stop spreading rumors that he was committed to the Spartans. "I like all of the colleges. Nobody specifically stands out," he said in early May. "They are all the same, but after some visits, and as I keep talking to the coaches, somebody will stand out." His plan is to announce his final five at the end of the EYBL season, he added. He's been to a few Michigan games this year and in the past, and is very familiar with the program. Weems was averaging 14.2 points per outing while shooting 43.2 per- cent from the floor and 40.7 percent from long range for MeanStreets through eight Nike EYBL contests this spring. FOUR MORE TO WATCH Drew Timme, 6-10, 215, Rich- ardson (Texas) Pierce:'s Combo guard Joe Girard III, who averaged 50 points per game as a junior and is already his state's all-time leading scorer, has drawn comparisons to fellow Glens Falls (N.Y.) High prod- uct Jimmer Fredette, who earned National Player of the Year honors while at BYU. PHOTO COURTESY RIVALS.COM

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