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July 24, 2006



Class of 2007 continues to grow as Legion rejoins

By Scott Bell
Daily Sports Editor
In just two weeks, the Michigan men's bas-
ketball team's 2007 recruiting class has gone
from nearly non-existent to nearly elite.
Less than a week following the announce-
ment of Detroit Redford's Manny Harris
to join the team, former commitment Alex
Legion announced that he was recommitting
to the Wolverines.
"In the back of my mind, I knew that Mich-
igan was the best place for me all along,"
Legion said. "It's where I felt most comfort-
able and where I had the best bond with a
coach - with coach (Tommy) Amaker."
Legion verbally committed to attend Mich-

igan in November, but reopened his recruit-
ment in early April after deciding to transfer
from Detroit Country Day to Virginia's Oak
Hill Academy for his final year of high school
Legion's announcement on Tuesday came
out of nowhere for most people. A number of
teams, including Florida, Illinois and Kansas,
were all pursuing Legion, a four-star recruit.
But Legion said that the potential Michigan's
program shows, along with recent moves by
the team, are what sold him.
"Bringing in Manny (the week before) was
big," Legion said. "It showed that other good
players want to come here, and I think Michi-
gan is definitely on the rise."
The 6-foot-5 guard believes a lot of the bur-

den for making sure the program continues to
grow now rests on his shoulders. He has talk-
ed to other recruits about joining Michigan,
and says continuing to do so is very important
to him.
Both Rivals.com (No. 38) and Scout.com
(No. 35) have Legion listed in their respec-
tive top 40s. Legion said he feels his biggest
weakness right now is his defense, and plans
to work on that at Oak Hill prior to coming to
Ann Arbor the following fall.
Legion was ranked No. 15 by Rivals.com
when he originally committed to Michigan,
and was listed as the No. 2 shooting guard
in his class. An inconsistent season at Detroit
Country Day caused him to drop in the most
recent rankings.

But Legion is excited for the future, stat-
ing that Oak Hill Academy will better prepa
him for college.
He also said he's excited both for the new
setting next year and for the time he plans on
spending in Ann Arbor after that.
"I'm sure Michigan is going to be a great
place for me," Legion said.
Legion will be the third member of the
2007 class. East Grand Rapids guard Kelvin
Grady was the first to join the class, which
has no more available scholarships with the
additions of Harris and Legion.
Members of the Michigan coaching staff
can't commit on verbal commitments until
after the November signing period due to
NCAA rules.

Shepherd to stand
on guard for Canada

By H. Jose Bosch
Daily Sports Editor
Hockey may be Canada's national sport,
but that doesn't matter to Michigan bas-
ketball wing Jevohn Shepherd.
This summer, Shepherd is representing
his home country by playing for the Cana-
dian Senior Men's National Team.
Shepherd was selected as one of the 15
members of the team after a training camp
held in Ontario's Humber College. Twen-
ty-one players were invited, and Shep-
herd was one of the seven NCAA players
selected. Five of the remaining eight play-
ers chosen were from professional leagues
Though this may be his first time on the
Senior Men's National Team, it's not his
first experience playing for his country.
'a In 2005, he played for Canada for the
Nike Hoop Summit where he notched
14 points, seven rebounds, two assists, a
block and a steal in 25 minutes.
Shepherd also won a bronze medal with
Team Canada at the 2005 FIBA Under-21
World Championship.
Yesterday, Canada has finished up an
exhibition tournament in Italy and will
continue its European tour in Germany,
where they will play a two game exhibi-
AP PHOTO tion series against the Germans on July 28
(in Hamburg) and July 30 (in Nuremburg).

The team will finish its summer season by
participating in the International Alpos
Cup in Maribor, Slovenia, where the team
will square off against Venezuela, Leba-
non and the host, Slovenia.
As a freshman last season with the Wol-
verines, Shepherd averaged 1.8 points, 1.1
rebounds and 8.7 minutes while appearing
in 26 games. He was mostly used off the
bench by Michigan coach Tommy Amaker,
but did start in three contests.
Shepherd made a splash in his first col-
legiate start in February against Purdue.
After seeing additional playing time
because of injuries acquired by his team-
mates, the Toronto native notched career-
highs in points (9) and rebounds (6)
against the Boilermakers.
Shepherd was used primarily as a high-
energy player by Amaker, utilizing his
speed as a weapon on the defensive end
of the court. With the departure of seven
seniors, he expects to see more consistent
playing time as a sophomore for the Wol-
Notes: Former Michigan guard Daniel
Horton wrapped up his first experience
as a pro, completing the 2006 Pepsi Pik
Summer league with the Miami Heat.
The Cedar Hill, Tex., native averaged
slightly over five points and two assists
per game, starting twice during the Heat's
2-3 run.

Jevohn Shepherd hopes to have a successful summer in Europe with Team Canada.



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