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King James pair have interest in Michigan

5/24/2012

FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Like many of the players Michigan is recruiting in the Class of 2014, Vince Edwards (Franklin, Ohio/Middletown) has the ability to play multiple positions and can lurk around the wing.

He has another skill, though, that might set him apart when schools are looking -- the 6-foot-7 player’s ability to rebound.

“I just have a knack for where the ball is coming off,” Edwards said. “I have a feeling for it.”

That ability also caught the eye of college coaches as many high-major teams are interested. Edwards said Purdue, Xavier and Dayton have offered him a scholarship and many other schools, including Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin, are interested in him.

As for how he feels about Michigan, he is intrigued by the Wolverines.

“It’s a great school,” Edwards said. “Who wouldn’t want to go to Michigan, you know? It’s a great place to be, a great place to play and they have a great tradition.”

Facilities attractive for Bess

Edwards’ teammate on the U-16 King James Shooting Stars, Javon Bess (Gahanna, Ohio/Lincoln), also has interest in Michigan and said he has been on visits and received letters from the school.

When he attended the Michigan elite camp last season, he said the coaching staff asked him to come on a visit, which he did. So what stood out?

“I love the locker room,” Bess said. “Love it. The stadium is great, the atmosphere is great. I went to a football game, too.”

Bess is a 6-foot-5 guard/forward who is able to post up on the inside. This summer, he said, he is focusing on improving his perimeter game.

“I just want to show them what I can do,” Bess said. “I’m just going to keep on working on my jump shot because I know they like shooters.”