Beilein had a friendly chat with Tyus Battle, a five-star small forward in the class of 2016 from New Jersey. Assistant coach Jeff Meyer joked around with his arm draped over the shoulder of five-star point guard Derryck Thornton Jr., who came to Ann Arbor all the way from Nevada.
Jamal Murray, the 6-5 2016 point guard from Orangeville (Ontario) Athlete Institute and CIA Bounce, looked tremendously poised and confident in going for 13 points in Team Bravery’s win. Murray is hearing from Syracuse.
Later this week, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound center from Pope John XXIII High School will become the next potential great Garden-stater to announce his college decision. Moustapha Diagne, of Sparta, N.J., will choose between Syracuse and Memphis.
But don’t just hand him the crown, because fellow five-star Isaiah Briscoe is playing at a high level himself. Ranked No. 19 in the class of 2015, Briscoe put on a show with the New Jersey Playaz while leading them to an undefeated weekend at Fieldhouse USA just outside of Dallas.
The class of 2015 isn’t filled with a lot of pure point guards at the top of the rankings – as the best backcourt players are more scorers than distributors. Isaiah Briscoe is in that category, but the 6-foot-3 Roselle Catholic (N.J.) is trying to become more of a point guard and a leader.