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September 16, 2010

Ask the Experts: What's next for Michigan?

Rivals.com basketball recruiting analysts Jerry Meyer and Eric Bossi weigh in on four current topics.

With the Big Dog's son - Glenn Robinson III - committing this week to Michigan, who should be the next big target for John Beilein and staff?

Meyer: Robinson is a good get for Michigan in the 2012 class, but with the need for success sooner than later, the primary focus needs to be on the 2011 class. Two guards - Carlton Brundidge and Trey Burke - are great fits for Beilein's system as heady players who can shoot the ball. A great addition to these guards would be ultra-athletic forward Dominique Pointer. A Detroit native who is now going to high school in North Carolina, Pointer has Michigan in his top three with St. John's and West Virginia, and is scheduled to visit Michigan for the opening of practice. Pointer's athleticism, hustle and ability to defend and rebound would give Michigan a needed dimension.

Bossi: First, I'll talk about Glenn III. He's a guy that I think has a chance to be pretty good when it's all said and done. I like his poise, he's got a nice mid-range game and is maturing into a pretty athletic wing with good size. As he adds confidence, his game could blossom. Moving on, I think the guy that Michigan seems most concerned with is Dominique Pointer. He's in North Carolina now, but the four-star wing is a native of Detroit and would give the Wolverines a much-needed wing athlete.

Speaking of the Robinson, who is the best prospect right now with famous bloodlines?

Meyer: Rivals.com's No. 1 ranked prospect Austin Rivers would also be at the top of this list. Rivers' dad, Doc, is presently famous as a coach, but he was also an outstanding point guard in the NBA.

Bossi: Well, he's No. 1 in our rankings of the class of 2011 so I pretty much have to go with Austin Rivers. I think that's a pretty safe pick. But, it is interesting to see how many former pro players' children we are seeing at this point.

What school not making your 2011 team rankings, released Tuesday, likely will be in there by the end?

Meyer: Kansas doesn't have a 2011 commitment yet, but Coach Bill Self always seems to have a late recruiting surge. I fully expect this surge to occur this year and place Kansas in the rankings. Kansas is involved with six five-star prospects along with some other highly ranked four-star prospects. Look for Kansas to land its fair share of these prospects and jump into the rankings.

Bossi: Well, they don't have any commitments yet but I'm pretty sure that we'll see Kansas making an entrance into the recruiting rankings at some point. They are right in the thick of things with five-star point guard Josiah Turner and five-star forward Norvel Pelle.

Which team in your current top 10 surprises you the most?

Meyer: Arkansas is the one team presently in the top 10 that you don't typically see ranked that high for recruiting classes. The commitment of St. Louis point guard B.J. Young after his official visit came as somewhat of a surprise. The commitment of this highly talented five-star prospect catapulted the Razorbacks into the top 10.

Bossi: I'm going to go with Arkansas. It helps that some of those guys are local (Hunter Mickelson and Aaron Ross) and the jewel B.J. Young has some question marks. But, that's a nice group being put together by a staff that has a lot of pressure on them. It only figures to get better. Another four-star, Texas forward Antwan Space, seems to be leaning their way right now.

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