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January 2019

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54 THE WOLVERINE JANUARY 2019 BY CHRIS BALAS T he Michigan basketball coaches are likely done with 2019 recruit- ing and they've moved on to 2020s, having already received a commit- ment Toledo (Ohio) Maumee Valley Country Day point guard Zeb Jack- son,'s No. 71 junior. Here's a look at the scholarship sit- uation for the following two seasons: 2019-20 SCHOLARSHIPS 1: Charles Matthews, 6-6 5th-Sr. SF 2: Jon Teske, 6-11 Sr. C 3: Xavier Simpson, 5-11 Sr. PG 4: Austin Davis, 6-10 Jr.* C 5: Jordan Poole, 6-3 Jr. SG 6: Eli Brooks, 6-1 Jr. PG/SG 7: Isaiah Livers, 6-8 Jr. PF 8: David DeJulius, 6-0 So. PG 9: Brandon Johns, 6-8 So. PF 10: Ignas Brazdeikis, 6-7 So. SF 11: Colin Castleton, 6-11 So. C 12: Adrien Nunez, 6-5 So. SG 13: Jalen Wilson, 6-8 Fr. SF 14: Cole Bajema, 6-7 Fr. SG * Redshirt Michigan isn't sure what the attrition will look like next year, but the Wolver- ines are currently one over the limit. Most believe redshirt junior Charles Matthews will opt for the NBA since he very nearly left after last year. 2020-21 SCHOLARSHIPS 1: Austin Davis, 6-10 5th-Sr. C 2: Jordan Poole, 6-3 Sr. SG 3: Eli Brooks, 6-1 Sr. PG/SG 4: Isaiah Livers, 6-8 Sr. PF 5: David DeJulius, 6-0 Jr. PG 6: Brandon Johns, 6-8 Jr. PF 7: Ignas Brazdeikis, 6-7 Jr. SF 8: Colin Castleton, 6-11 Jr. C 9: Adrien Nunez, 6-5 Jr. SG 10: Jalen Wilson, 6-8 So. SF 11: Cole Bajema, 6-7 So. SG 12: Open 13: Open Wilson, a 6-8 forward out of Den- ton (Texas) Guyer, is's No. 36 senior nationally. Bajema (6-7, No. 99 prospect in the class), out of Lynden (Wash.) Chris- tian, is more a combo guard. Head coach John Beilein finally went into detail on both Dec. 7 after they signed in the early November period. "They're similar in their size and skill set, and very different in bod- ies," Beilein said. "Jalen is more of an [sophomore forward] Isaiah Livers type body. He's got some strength about him already. They both have high skill sets and can really shoot. "The good news is Cole weighed about 167 when he came here [for camp] at 6-7, 6-6, and he's already put on 16 pounds. He's more of a combo guard. Jalen's more of a small forward/guard. We can play small with a lot of people, too. "They're good kids, good students and good players. I can't wait to coach them. I think they are high IQ players, too. "They've both got a chance to play right away. That would be the hope." Bajema, formerly of Grand Haven, Mich., came from out of nowhere to land an offer. He's always been a Michigan fan, and he and Wilson epitomize what Beilein says he's looking for — kids who are beating down the doors to come to Michigan. "I got a call from his AAU coach, who is also a junior college coach in the area [in Washington]," Beilein   BASKETBALL RECRUITING John Beilein And Co. Are A Step Ahead In Recruiting Both of Michigan's 2019 commitments — Jalen Wilson (left), a 6-8 forward out of Denton (Texas) Guyer and's No. 36 senior nation- ally, and 6-7 combo guard Cole Bajema of Lynden (Wash.) Christian, the No. 99 prospect in the class — inked with U-M during the early signing period in November. PHOTO COURTESY RIVALS.COM

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