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Getting to know: Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman

Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman is the latest-signing and the coolest-named incoming Michigan basketball freshman in the class of 2014. He is also this offseason’s first of our yearly “Getting to know” interviews with the incoming recruiting class. Abdur-Rahkman’s recruitment was hasty but effective — Michigan began recruiting him a couple months ago as an option in the likely...
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Recruiting Notebook: 2014 recruiting, Beilein in Texas, other notes

Michigan landed a commitment from Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman on Saturday and extended an offer to Aubrey Dawkins shortly afterward. While their concurrent visits had been pegged as an ‘either or’ scenario, the fact of the matter is that Michigan isn’t going to host recruits for official visits that they aren’t going to offer – especially at this stage in the process. The...
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Report Card 2014: Jordan Morgan

What more can we say about Jordan Morgan’s final season? Michigan’s redshirt senior was the bedrock of this Michigan team in every way but offense: he was the leading rebounder, the quarterback of the defense and the team’s emotional center. Morgan was the consummate leader, and exactly the kind this young, talented team needed; on a team stocked with NBA talent. Morgan was...
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Video: Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman 2013-14 Highlights

Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman committed to Michigan on Saturday during his official visit. The 6-foot-4 guard should add athleticism, playmaking ability and depth to Michigan’s backcourt next season. We posted a full scouting video last week, but here’s a more traditional compilation of Abdur-Rahkman highlights from throughout the season.
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Report: Michigan offers 2014 wing Aubrey Dawkins

Michigan landed a commitment from Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman earlier this afternoon, but John Beilein also extended a scholarship offer to class of 2014 guard Aubrey Dawkins, who was also on campus for an official visit. Sam Webb first reported the scholarship offer. Dawkins also has a scholarship offer from Dayton and is planning to visit this coming week. Dawkins, a 6-foot-5 wing...
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Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman commits to Michigan

Michigan added another member to its 2014 recruiting class today as Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman committed to John Beilein and the Wolverines. Abdur-Rahkman was offered a scholarship during his official visit to Michigan this weekend and accepted John Beilein’s offer, announcing his commitment on Twitter. Abdur-Rahkman is a 6-foot-4 guard from Allentown, Pennsylvania that led his...
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Scouting Video & Evaluation: Aubrey Dawkins

Aubrey Dawkins is on campus for an official visit this weekend, joining another 2014 target Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman. Dawkins is an under the radar guard prepping at New Hampton School in New Hampshire. There are a couple of highlight videos of Dawkins available on the internet, but we compiled a scouting video comprised of footage from two games, against South Kent and Fishburne...
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Transfer Watch: Cole Huff, Byron Wesley interested in Michigan

Michigan is pursuing a number of class of 2014 prospects, and will host two on campus this weekend, but the Wolverines continue to be mentioned with transfers as well. John Beilein was open to the idea of adding a transfer when he met with the media last week. “I would be open to transfers,” Beilein said. “At Canisius and Richmond and West Virginia, transfers were really important...
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Report: Aubrey Dawkins to visit Michigan this weekend

Class of 2014 guard Aubrey Dawkins is set to visit Michigan this weekend, according to a report by Sam Webb. Dawkins will join Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman on Michigan’s campus this weekend as the Wolverines look to add to their 2014 class. Michigan has two open scholarships in the class of 2014 after Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III opted to enter the NBA Draft after their...
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Notebook: Caris LeVert invited to Kevin Durant Skills Academy

Dustin Johnston Wednesday night’s Michigan basketball banquet was a time for celebrating the past year’s accomplishments, as well as the team’s individual awards. But after all of the festivities, the media got to speak briefly with Caris LeVert. After closing the book on the 2013-2014 season, it was time to look ahead. LeVert let on that he was invited to the Kevin Durant...
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Video: Spike Albrecht, Caris LeVert speak at Michigan banquet

Spike Albrecht and Caris LeVert both spoke briefly with the media at the annual Michigan basketball banquet on Wednesday night. Albrecht talked about filling the leadership void next season with Jordan Morgan, Jon Horford, Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III leaving. LeVert talked about his own NBA evaluation process and confirmed that he is returning next season. You can watch both...
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Michigan gives out end-of-season team awards, Nik Stauskas wins MVP

Michigan doled out its team awards at the annual Michigan basketball banquet on Wednesday night. Nik Stauskas took home the MVP award and Jordan Morgan took home four separate awards on the night. Below you can read the full list of awards: Bill Buntin Most Valuable Player Award: Nik Stauskas Wayman Britt Outstanding Defensive Player Award: Jordan Morgan Rudy Tomjanovich Most Improved...
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Early departures lead to condensed recruiting schedule for Michigan coaches

Dustin Johnston At the moment, Michigan is going after a number of 2014 prospects during this spring signing period. The Wolverines are pursuing Ryan Taylor, Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman and a host of other players in the hopes of shoring up anticipated vacancies in their roster. Those vacancies are no longer anticipated — with the official announcement that Glenn Robinson III and...
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As Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III depart, Michigan settles into new reality

It’s a good thing Tuesday afternoon’s press conference, during which Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III officially announced their intentions to leave school early and declare for the NBA draft, was televised on the Big Ten Network. Otherwise, Michigan fans might have missed out on a couple of agonizing musings by Robinson and Stauskas. “It would be great if we all stayed...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Video: Michigan coaches discuss Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III leaving for NBA

All of Michigan’s coaches were on hand to see off Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III as the pair announced their decision to leave early for the NBA. John Beilein and the the three Michigan assistant coaches were on hand after the press conference to give their reaction to the news. They talked about how the process has changed as more players leave for the NBA and the effect...
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Stauskas, Robinson III declare for NBA draft

Michigan coach John Beilein joined Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III in speaking to the media regarding Stauskas and Robinson deciding to leave school early and declare for the NBA draft. The press conference was aired on the Big Ten Network and streamed live, but in case you missed it you can watch the full recording using the embedded media player below.
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Video: Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III discuss NBA decisions

Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III retreated to their familiar post-game corners in the Crisler Center media room following the press conference. The two players went more in-depth about their decisions to leave for the NBA after two years. They talked about what they’re expecting in the NBA, who helped them along the way and much more. You can watch the interviews using the embedded...
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Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III declare for NBA Draft

Dustin Johnston Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III made it official this afternoon and officially entered the NBA Draft. The news was announced in a Michigan press release, both players will meet with the media at 3;30 p.m. “In a very short period of time, these two young men have had a very positive impact on the Michigan Basketball program,” said Beilein. “From day one...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Recruiting Roundup: Aubrey Dawkins, Tavarius Shine enter 2014 mix

Michigan has watched Ryan Taylor and Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman in recent weeks, and will host Abdur-Rahkman for an official visit this weekend, but the Wolverines have also been checking in on New Hampton guard Aubrey Dawkins. Dawkins is the son of Stanford head coach and former NBA player, Johnny Dawkins, and he  The 6-foot-4 guard has a scholarship offer from Dayton and Michigan...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Scouting Video & Evaluation: Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman

Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman is planning to take an official visit to Michigan this weekend as John Beilein and his staff look to fill the vacancies left by early departures. Abdur-Rahkman is an athletic combo guard checking in at 6-foot-4 that averaged 23.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game while leading Allentown Catholic Central to a 29-1 record. Abdur-Rahkman also played...
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Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman sets Michigan official visit

As the spring signing period winds down and Michigan prepares to see off a significant chunk of this season’s roster to the NBA, the coaching staff continues to evaluate more under-the-radar members of the 2014 recruiting class. The latest blip is Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman, a wing from Allentown, Pennsylvania. Abdur-Rahkman had a monster senior year for his Central Catholic high...
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Nik Stauskas to announce NBA Draft decision on Tuesday

Nik Stauskas will announce his NBA Draft decision during a press conference on Tuesday. Stauskas tweeted the news on Monday evening. And for those who have been asking, I will be holding a press conference tomorrow at school where I will announce my decision. — Nik Stauskas (@NStauskas11) April 14, 2014 The Michigan Athletic Department later announced a ‘Michigan basketball...
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Report: Glenn Robinson III plans to declare for NBA Draft

Jake Fischer of Slam Magazine and the Boston Globe is reporting that Michigan sophomore Glenn Robinson III has signed with an agent and will declare for the NBA Draft this week. CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish reported that “Robinson hasn’t informed the Michigan staff of his intentions yet” and is supposed to meet with the Wolverine coaches this week. Robinson is projected as...
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April Hot Board: Prospects and transfers on the radar

Michigan already lost Jon Horford and could face more attrition to the NBA Draft in the coming days and weeks. April recruiting is something akin to the Wild West and things move quickly. With fifth-year transfers, decommitments due to coaching changes, late-bloomers and other transfers – there are plenty of opportunities available. The Wolverines have been active on the recruiting...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Michigan evaluating 2014 wing Ryan Taylor

Michigan is pursuing a possible late signing in the 2014 class — Ryan Taylor, a shooting guard currently finishing up a prep year at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wisconsin. Taylor scored a little over 20 points per game during his prep season this winter. Taylor is a target in line with previous late signees such as Spike Albrecht and Caris LeVert. The...
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