Danny Kolp is an elite student-athlete currently attending Petoskey High School in Petoskey, Michigan. The 6’8 combo-forward is one of the fastest rising players in the Midwest for the class of 2018, and is getting a ton of interest from high major programs across the country. Making the switch to the Michigan Mustangs (Faletti) on the AAU circuit this year, Danny is primed to have a breakout summer, as college coaches have already started to fall in love with Danny’s combination of length, skill, and athleticism. Best known for knocking down jumpshots against unsuspecting defenders, Danny is also an honor-roll student at Petoskey High School holding down a 3.3 GPA while being enrolled in Honors and AP courses.
I. AAU & SELF ANALYSIS
EM: Congratulations on making the move to join the Michigan Mustangs. Can you tell us how things are going for the team and for you individually?
DK: Things are going really good. I enjoy playing with my teammates and our coaches do a great job with instruction. In my career right now, I’m at a point where I want to learn as much as I can fundamentally. I’m working on my perimeter skillset such as shooting, dribbling, passing, court vision, movement away from the ball and confidence. I want to separate myself from a 6’8 kid who can play every position on the floor dictating the game.
EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar?
DK: I’m an athletic and long 6’8 stretch 4, who is versatile and comfortable playing any position. I can shoot the three ball, attack the rim, and aggressively rebound on both ends of the floor. I take pride in defense by guarding kids smaller than me.
— Petoskey Basketball (@northmenhoops) December 18, 2015
EM: How often do you work on your game?
DK: I lift every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for an hour and a half when I’m healthy. On Tuesday and Thursday I usually work on skill development with my Dad who played college ball at GVSU. When the AAU schedule allows, I usually get a shooting session in on Fridays, and depending on how I feel, an additional shooting session with my HS teammates on Saturdays.
II. ACADEMICS AND OFF-COURT INTERESTS
EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?
DK: My favorite subject is science, primarily biology and chemistry.
EM: What do you plan to major in when attending college?
DK: At this point I want to go into biochemical engineering.
EM: What are your interests off the court?
DK: I enjoy hanging out with my friends and going to the beach. I also play video games occasionally and I also play a lot of tennis.
— Petoskey Basketball (@northmenhoops) December 12, 2015
EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools have offered you?
DK: CMU is the only school that has offered me so far.
EM: Which schools show interest that haven’t yet offered:
DK: Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Iowa, Oakland, Notre Dame, Toledo, UC Davis, Indian Wesleyan, UofD, Creighton, Xavier, Davidson
Danny Kolp (18/MI Mustangs) @dannykolp26 now receiving interest from Notre Dame. Highly skilled 6'8 forward with tons of potential
— Endless Motor Sports (@endless_motor) May 9, 2016
EM: Which schools do you hear from the most?
DK: Oakland, Michigan, and Iowa
EM: Can you tell us a bit about your relationships with Coach McCaffery/Iowa and Coach Beilein/UM?
DK: I tried to get out to visit Iowa this winter but couldn’t find time because of my Dad’s work schedule. Iowa’s assistant coach Francis flew out to watch me workout last winter. Michigan started showing interest late last year. Former UofM assistant Bacari Alexander has been in contact with our coach. Coach Beilein has a house close to Petoskey and he goes to our church in the summer. I haven’t heard much from either head coach recently, but the assistants have stayed in contact.
EM: Any visits or team camps lined up in the near future?
DK: Yes, I’m going to attend the CMU and UofM elite camps this summer.
EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making your college decision?
DK: My mom was actually diagnosed with ALS on July 3, 2014 and is progressing. I would like to stay close-ish to home so she can see me play.
IV. PERSONAL GOALS & ADVICE
EM: Any personal goals on or off the court?
DK: Try to be a role model for the young kids is definitely a goal of mine. I like to make kids feel welcome.
EM: Last, if you could give the youth some advice on how to succeed either on or off the court, what would you say?
DK: Definitely never give up. Be passionate about what you do and work the hardest to get there.