October 30, 2007

Hoops: Morgan recruitment picking up steam

When he took over as Michigan's head coach in April, John Beilein stressed several different criteria in what he was looking for in a recruit. Those wishing to play for him have to be good players, of course, worthy of a Big Ten scholarship and able to fit in his shooter-friendly system. As importantly, he insisted, he'd search for high character kids who would also make good teammates.

Beilein believes he's found such recruits in Syracuse (N.Y.) Heninger High three-star seven-footer Ben Cronin and Carmel (Ind.) High 6-4 shooter Stuart Douglass, his first two commitments at Michigan [both 08 scholarships]. He hopes to find similar talent closer to home from the class of 2009, and has identified a good one in Detroit U-D Jesuit High's Jordan Morgan, a 6-8, 245-pound power forward with great touch.

But credit assistant coach Mike Jackson - himself a U-D Jesuit grad - with the first assist. Jackson has been watching Morgan since Morgan's sophomore year, realizing his frame and his potential for future success (he just turned 16 years old) could make him a steal for one program.

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