As expected, Michigan received two signed letters of intent on early signing day. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Evan Smotrycz will be joining the Wolverines in 2010. John Beilein said, “These are two multi-dimensional players that are very capable of playing several different positions. They have good length. They are outstanding shooters. They have a good feel for the game with high basketball IQs. They have great court vision. What really impresses me is their ability to pass which will be valuable down the road.”
Tim Hardaway Jr: He is a 6-foot-5 forward out of Miami’s Palmetto High (Miami, Florida). As a junior Hardaway averaged 23.4 points, 11.0 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game His Palmetto High team posted a 16-7 record.
John Beilein on Hardaway: “The biggest thing about Tim is he has a pretty jump shot,” said Beilein. “If you look at Manny’s (Harris) jump shot right now, it is perfect, and Tim’s is pretty close to that point early with his development. It’s got great form, great spin and has a chance to go in every time. He is a very athletic player and like I said before his vision on the court in outstanding.”
Hardaway is the son of former UTEP and NBA star Tim Hardaway.
ESPNU ranks Hardaway Jr 99th in the class of 2010.
My take: Hardaway Jr. is exactly the kind of player John Beilein is looking for. He is a long, athletic player who can run the floor and shoot the three. Hardaway Jr. is very good in transition and sees the floor well. He also understands the game and as Beilein said he is a high IQ player.
Evan Smotrycz: He is a 6-foot-9 forward out of New Hampton Prep (New Hampton, New Hampshire). As a junior averaged 14.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game.
John Beilein had these comments on Smotrycz: “Evan can play three different positions for us; it is his versatility, great size and shooting ability which we like. Being 6-9, it is rare to see someone shoot it like he does. But what I really like is that he is an exceptional passer. His potential is outstanding.”
ESPNU ranks Smotrycz 60th in the class of 2010
My take: Smotrycz’s game is tailor made for John Beilein’s system. He is a tall, skilled player who has a tremendous outside shot. Smotrycz skyrocketed up the rankings last year and into the summer as he showed off his ability to put the ball on the floor and create. His versatility will be a huge asset to Michigan.
Notes: Michigan continues to pursue at least one more commitment for the class of 2010 and they would love for that player to be Trey Zeigler. Zeigler is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard out of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. His father, Ernie, is the head coach at Central Michigan University. ESPNU ranks Zeigler 26th in the class of 2010. Zeigler will wait until the late signing period to sign his letter of intent. Michigan is among his favorites.