After clearing up some misunderstandings surrounding his recruitment by the Wolverines, the school in Ann Arbor shot to the top of Al Horford's list. His frequent visits to the Open Gyms familiarized him with the players and coaches and further increased their lead. Al is a great pick-up for Tommy Amaker, who continues to lengthen his in-state reach. Horford has a very polished post game and is still improving his offensive attack. He showed outstanding improvement over a short summer period. I ventured down to see him at the Glass City Classic earlier this summer, where he turned in a solid, but not spectacular, effort against marginal competition. Fast forward a few months to the Nike All-American camp where Al had his coming out party in front of every major Division One coach in America. He played big time against some of the best post players in America, and his efforts didn't go unnoticed. He showed an aggression that had been absent the previous time I saw him. Since then I've observed him on about four more occasions at the Open Gyms at Crisler and the young man from the Lansing area keeps getting better. I spoke with Michgan Mustang Coach Norm Oden about his star big man and he confirmed that Al decided to go public with the decision this afternoon. "Sam, I was just returning your call to let you know that the rumors about Al committing to Michigan are true," Oden said. "All the stuff that was on the net hinting that he had already made his decision were false.
"He just called today and made it official."
I came down to see you guys at the Glass City Tournament and watched you guys win a few games. Al was pretty good that day. A couple months later at the Nike All-American camp he was great. What do you attribute that growth to?
"Al is a super hard worker," Oden said. "He really works on his game. He was already a really good back to the basket player. Now he's added a nice 15 footer to his game. He can rebound and block shots and he's grown at least a solid inch over the summer.
"His knees were hurting over the summer; the last time they hurt that bad he grew three inches. So the kid is still growing. When it's all said and done there is no doubt in my mind that he'll be 6-10 or 6-11."
Do you think that by the time he gets to Michigan he will be a kid that they can throw right into the fire?
"Absolutely. By the time he gets to Michigan he's going to be outstanding," Oden said. "He can put the ball on the floor better now and he's hitting the 15 foot jumper. He's just going to keep improving."
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