2014 Basketball prospects
Guards
SG Devin Booker

Moss Point (Miss.)
6-3, 180 pounds
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The Wolverines have been intensely pursuing Booker for quite some time, attending almost all of his games through the spring and summer.  He received an offer from the Maize and Blue on June 15, the first day Michigan released offers to the 2014 class.  Most believe Michigan is his favorite, despite receiving attention from a multitude of schools including Florida and Michigan State.   He is best known for his excellent shooting skills, high basketball IQ and overall offensive abilities.
PG Bryant McIntosh

Greensburg (Ind.)
6-2, 155 pounds
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McIntosh is generally considered one of the better players in the state of Indiana.  He has received mixed reviews from the scouting services, but is described as “tough” and playing with “swagger.”  He has a very high basketball IQ, which should allow him to transition relatively well to the college game.  He has been receiving attention from several schools, but Michigan, Indiana, and Purdue appear to be the leaders at this point.
PG Peyton Allen

Chatham (Ill.) Glenwood
6-5, 180 pounds
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Despite a lower ranking on all the major networks, Allen’s recruitment has been picking up.   He has not been offered by Michigan yet, but there is a strong possibility that will change in the future.  Iowa, Bradley, and Oklahoma State have offered him, but other Big Ten schools like Illinois and Purdue are also recruiting him.  He is noted for his excellent shooting, ball distribution and basketball IQ.
SG Darius Austin

Cahokia (Ill.)
6-5, 170 pounds

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A player that has not received a lot of attention nationally or from the recruiting services, Darius has caught the eye of major college recruiters.  The Illinois native is receiving a large amount of attention from both Illinois and DePaul.  Other notable schools courting him include Purdue, Tennessee, Kansas State and Ohio State.  He is known for being able to drive the ball to the basket and for his rebounding skills.
SG Darreon Reddick

Bellville (Ill.) East

6-1, 185 pounds
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An Illinois native, Reddick has received moderate Big Ten interest from Iowa , Nebraska and Michigan among others.  He has also picked up offers from DePaul and Indiana State.  He has been noted for his physical play and for attacking the rim.  The primary drawback to Reddick is his skills as a shooter, which he has been working hard to improve. He could be a sleeper in the 2014 class.
SG Rashad Vaughn

Robbinsdale (Minn.) Cooper

6-5, 180 pounds

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Vaughn is widely regarded as one of the elite prospects for the 2014 class.  Known for his ball handling skills and ability to get to the rim, he already has good size and is rated as a four-star or higher player on all the major scouting services.  In addition to Michigan, he is also being recruited by Baylor, Kansas, Kentucky and Texas among others.  Baylor seems to be his most likely destination at this point.
Notes: Michigan should have several solid guards returning from its 2012 and 2013 recruiting classes, but all eyes will be on Devin Booker and Bryant McIntosh.  They will likely anchor the 2014 recruiting class at guard.
Forwards
Keita Bates-Diop

Normal (Ill.) University

6-7, 190 pounds
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Bates-Diop has already received an offer from Michigan and attention from numerous other big name programs including Ohio State, Illinois and Wisconsin.  He is very highly rated and possesses a multitude of skills including great defense, incredible speed and great length.  This length allows him to steal the ball from offensive players, rebound well, and return the ball well in transition.  He has also been improving on the offensive side, including his ability to drive to the basket.  Michigan appears to be in his leaders at this point.
Trevon Bluiett

Indianapolis (Ind.) Park Tudor
6-5, 185 pounds

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Considered one of the elite players from the state of Indiana, Bluiett is a player that can create on his own on the offensive side and is also very active on the defensive glass.  Along with his great shooting ability, he is a player that possesses an excellent combination of varied skills.  He has already received an offer from Michigan and the Wolverines appear to be in his top group at this time.  Indiana and Purdue also appear to be major factors in his recruitment.
SF Jae'sean Tate

Pickerington (Ohio) Central
6-5, 200 pounds
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One of the best players out of Ohio and a player that has been rising up in the rankings as of late, Tate only stands in at 6-5, but he is a great rebounder and possesses impressive passing and shooting abilities.  His skillset has even led some to compare him to NBA superstar Kevin Durant; however, he will need to get stronger if he wants to contribute early in college.  He has already been offered by Michigan, Ohio State, Purdue, and Xavier.  He attends the same high school as current Michigan basketball player Caris LeVert and 2013 football commit Taco Charlton.
SF Vincent Edwards

Franklin (Ohio) Middletown
6-6, 200 pounds
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Another great shooting prospect for Michigan, Edwards is absolutely lethal outside of the arch and can punish a team with his shorter jump shots as well. Factor in his incredible defense, great ball handling skills, physicality and ability to attack the rim, and it makes for one of the best players in the state of Ohio.  He is best suited as a forward, but can take many different roles on the court.  The young athlete has already gotten attention from multiple schools including Michigan, Michigan State, Xavier, Butler and Purdue.  The Boilermakers even offered Edwards a football scholarship.  He is sure to be one of the better players in the region and 2014 class.
SF Kevon Looney

Milwaukee (Wisc.) Hamilton
6-7, 185 pounds

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Arguably the most talented player that Michigan is seriously pursuing in the 2014 recruiting class, Looney is an incredible shooter, handles the ball well and can attack the rim with ease.  Possessing the ability to play multiple positions on the floor, including point guard, the only area of potential concern is size and strength.  At 6-7 and just 185 pounds, he could use more weight, but with his talents, that deficiency is an afterthought.  He is being seriously pursued by numerous schools including Kansas, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, and his home state school, Wisconsin.  He has said that staying in Wisconsin is not a decisive factor, so fans should look for an open recruitment.
SF Sean Sellers

Greensburg (Ind.)
6-5, 170 pounds

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Sellers is a solid shooter with a good basketball IQ, possessing a strong feel and view of the game.  He has the ability to play multiple positions on the floor, but is trying to improve his guard skills.  He also plays solid defense.  The only areas that seem to need some work are his perimeter play and his size.  He is a forward right now, but he has the potential to move by the time he gets to college.  Despite not having incredible rankings, Sellers is still getting attention from some big programs such as Indiana, Michigan State, Purdue, Butler, and Michigan.  Butler and Michigan appear to be the leaders at this point.
Notes: Michigan will have a deep group of forwards in 2014 with Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas on the team.  Eyes will stay focused on Trevon Bluiett and highly ranked and highly sought recruit Keita Bates-Diop. 
Bigs
PF Tyler Wideman

St. John (Ind.) Lake Central
6-6, 240 pounds

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Wideman is another solid Indiana prospect that is receiving attention from multiple Big Ten schools including Indiana, Purdue, MSU, and Michigan.  He is very big.  So big in fact, that he has been attempting to trim down.  He plays solid defense, rebounds well and has a pretty solid shot.  This will probably turn into a race between the Indiana schools, but Michigan does have a chance.  One thing to note is that some of the hype surrounding Wideman has cooled over the summer.
C Sean O’Mara

Lisle (Ill.) Benet
6-9, 220 pounds
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Interest in O’Mara is spread out at this point.  He has attracted some Big Ten teams including Iowa, Illinois and Michigan, but has also caught the eye of programs like Notre Dame and Virginia. He is a solid shooter, low post player and has good footwork.  However, he does need to work on his rebounding and playing in transition.  Both of these should work together over time.  Michigan stands a chance in this one, but he may be more of a "under the radar" type player.
C Cliff Alexander

Chicago (Ill.) Curie
6-9, 240 pounds
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Alexander’s immense talent has attracted the interest of the Michigan coaching staff, but the consensus five-star prospect is being followed by just about every major college basketball program, which will make him very difficult to land. He is extremely aggressive, controls himself well and plays incredible defense, including an excellent ability to block shots. His recruitment will likely be a battle between Kentucky and Michigan State.
Notes: With recruits like Mitch McGary and Mark Donnal coming to Michigan, the Wolverine frontcourt should be loaded for the next few years.  The 2014 recruiting seems aimed at Tyler Wideman and the frontcourt recruiting will be dependent largely on his decision and inclinations.

Updated 8/20/12 by Thomas Beindit
 
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