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March 2020 Issue

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86 THE WOLVERINE MARCH 2020 BY CHRIS BALAS M ichigan hosted a number of big- time visitors and extended an- other offer after a 77-68 win over Mich- igan State in Ann Arbor Feb. 8, a great weekend for the basketball program. Head coach Juwan Howard and his staff brought in elite players from the 2020, '21 and '22 classes, and all spoke glowingly of the atmosphere and their time in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines are still looking to add one more to their 2020 haul, hav- ing signed Montverde (Fla.) Acad- emy's Zeb Jackson (6-3, No. 76 senior nationally) and gotten commitments from Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha's Hunter Dickinson (7-1, No. 34), Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga's Terrance Williams (6-6, No. 100), Ra- leigh (N.C.) Word of God Academy's Isaiah Todd (6-10, No. 14) and Holly- wood (Fla.) University's Jace Howard (6-7, three-star prospect). A quick look at the scholarship chart for the next two years: 2020-21 1: Austin Davis, 6-10, 5th-Sr., C 2: Eli Brooks, 6-1, Sr., PG/SG 3: Isaiah Livers, 6-8, Sr., PF 4: David DeJulius, 6-0, Jr., PG 5: Brandon Johns, 6-8, Jr., PF 6: Colin Castleton, 6-11, Jr., C 7: Adrien Nunez, 6-5, Jr., SG 8: Cole Bajema, 6-7, So., SG 9: Franz Wagner, 6-8, So., SF 10: Zeb Jackson, 6-3, Fr., PG 11: Isaiah Todd, 6-10, Fr., PF 12: Hunter Dickinson, 7-1, Fr., C 13: Terrance Williams, 6-6, Fr., SF 14: Jace Howard, 6-7, Fr., PF 2021-22 1: David DeJulius, 6-0, Sr., PG 2: Brandon Johns, 6-8, Sr., PF 3: Colin Castleton, 6-11, Sr., C 4: Adrien Nunez, 6-5, Sr., SG 5: Cole Bajema, 6-7, Jr., SG 6: Franz Wagner, 6-8, Jr., SF 7: Zeb Jackson, 6-3, So., PG 8: Isaiah Todd, 6-10, So., PF 9: Hunter Dickinson, 7-1, So., C 10: Terrance Williams, 6-6, So., SF 11: Jace Howard, 6-8, So., PF 12: Open 13: Open The Wolverines are already one over the limit for 2020-21, meaning someone will have to move on (or not arrive). There have been rum- blings that Davis, who has been play- ing well lately, will take a graduate transfer and play elsewhere, while Todd, a McDonald's All-American, is still heavily flirting with the idea of playing professionally rather than going to college. Livers, too, will likely at least test the NBA waters. They'll need two to leave to bring in another 2020 prospect, and that looks like it's going to happen. As has been reported for several weeks, five-star Josh Christopher (6-5, No. 11) of Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair is trending heavily toward the Wolver- ines and will likely end up in the 2020 class and spend a year at U-M. Christopher (29.9 points, 11.2 re- bounds, 4.3 assists and 3.6 steals this year) is a difference-maker, and this would be a huge addition to a team needing help at his position. As for the Feb. 7 weekend visitors, Austin (Texas) Vandegrift's Greg Brown (6-8, No. 8) and Dickinson were among them. Dickinson wanted to make it to Ann Arbor for the MSU game and was glad he came. "It was a very quick trip, but defi- nitely worth it," Dickinson said. "I didn't really talk to too many re- cruits. I know Greg Brown from EYBL and USA Basketball, so I talked to him for a second. But it was mostly just Jace and me hanging together." Dickinson never wavered when the Wolverines lost Livers to injury for a stretch and dropped four straight games. "Everyone was panicking when they were losing, but this team won   BASKETBALL RECRUITING Huge Visit Weekend Results In Offers, Increased Interest Michigan is trying to add one more recruit to its 2020 class and hosted five-star Greg Brown — the nation's No. 8 overall prospect per — the weekend of Feb. 8. PHOTO COURTESY RIVALS.COM

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