Author: Rob Dauster

VIDEO: Another mixtape for top ten prospect Malik Monk

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This is the latest mixtape for Malik Monk, a top ten prospect in the Class of 2016 that doubles as the single most entertaining player to watch in high school basketball.

Monk, who most believe to be choosing between either Kentucky or Arkansas, is streaky. I saw him go for 40 in a game at Peach Jam and follow it up with a game where he went 3-for-20 from the floor. He’s a bit of a gunner and a risk-taker offensively, but when he’s in a rhythm, he makes those tough shots and completes those tough passes and can leave you in awe of what he’s capable of doing.

This video shows off a bit of Monk’s more well-rounded game, as he tries to develop his playmaking ability. The last mixtape of his that we posted doubles as the single most impressive mixtape that I’ve ever seen.

Check it out here.

It’ll be worth your time.

Michigan lands an unexpected, top 100 commitment

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Michigan has landed a commitment from Xavier Simpson, a top 100 point guard from the Class of 2016.

Simpson announced his commitment in a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, picking the Wolverines over Iowa State, Wisconsin, Miami and Illinois. He’s the fourth member of John Beilein’s 2016 recruiting class, joining four-star John Teske, three-star forward Austin Davis and shooting guard Ibi Watson. At 5-foot-11, Simpson does not have the overt physical tools that a lot of lead guards do these days, but he’s a true point guard, a leader and a facilitator that excels in ball-screen actions.

In other words, he’s a perfect fit for John Beilein’s offense.

A native of Lima, Ohio, Simpson is currently ranked 87th by Rivals.

Simpson’s commitment capped a wild recruiting day for Wolverines fans. On Wednesday morning, top 30 point guard prospect Cassius Winston announced that he had cut the Wolverines from his list — or, depending on who you ask, that Michigan had stopped recruiting him.

By the early afternoon, the rumors swirling that Simpson was seriously considering Michigan had reached the public. Simpson, prior to this weekend, had cut his list to four: Iowa State, Wisconsin, Miami and Illinois. Once Michigan realized they weren’t going to get Winston, they swooped in for Simpson, and their recruiting pitch worked. For what it’s worth, Lima is less than two hours from Columbus, where former Michigan guard Trey Burke, an under-recruited point guard turned National Player of the Year, hails from.

PHOTO: Mark Gottfried takes a helicopter to visit Smith, Adebayo

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There may not be two recruiting targets in the country that are more important to any school than Dennis Smith Jr. and ‘Bam’ Adebayo are to N.C. State.

Smith is arguably the best point guard in the Class of 2016 — which is saying something given how strong that position is in this class — and ranked by many in the top five of the class overall. Adebayo is one of the most powerful big men in the class, a freak-of-nature at the four spot that will likely draw comparisons to Montrezl Harrell and the pre-college meltdown Cliff Alexander. He’s a top ten player in the class.

And both are local kids, with Smith going to school in Fayetteville and Adebayo hailing from High Point. Fayetteville is about an hour south of Raleigh while High Point is 90 minutes west.

Easy drives, right?

But why bother driving when you can take a helicopter, amirite????

Because that’s exactly what N.C. State head coach Mark Gottfried did on Wednesday, the first day that coaches are allowed to visit recruiting targets:

Assistant coach Orlando Early got in on the act as well:

And courtesy of Bret Strelow of the Fayetteville Observer, here is a video of Gottfried and Early making their grand entrance:

That’s one way for him to make an impression.