The good news just keeps on coming as Michigan adds yet another promising young player to the roster of one of its revenue-sport teams.
This time Michigan gets a start on the 2016 basketball class after Ohio center John Teske committed to the Wolverines last night. Teske is listed anywhere between 6-foot-9 and 6-foot-11, but in an interview with Rivals he put that number at 7-feet even and 220 pounds.
Michigan's main competition for Teske was Ohio State, with Dayton also having offered. At the time Michigan offered, Teske had this to say about how Michigan's coaches viewed his game, "They said they really like the way I play after they saw me, and they thought I could fit in their offense very well". The big man has been working on his offensive game which should help him thrive in a Michigan offense that provides a lot of scoring opportunities for big men that can move without the ball and shoot consistently in the midrange.
"It's a newer part of my game and I'm hoping to get more jump shots in," said Teske. "They weren't falling today but hopefully they'll fall during the (upcoming) season."
Teske is also quick enough to play in transition — a big plus for a Michigan team that can be devastating when all five players can run well and finish efficiently.
One of his biggest draws as a prospect is on the other end of the court. The 7-footer is a shot blocking menace, averaging five blocks per game last year as a sophomore and showing great instincts in doing so.
The Wolverines are not heavily involved with any centers in the 2015 class, and that would bring Teske to campus with Ricky Doyle and Mark Donnal upperclassmen, possibly allowing him to redshirt. As it is, Teske has a lot of upside both offensively and defensively, and when the recruiting sites update their rankings (Teske is currently not ranked on either Scout or Rivals, but is the #15 center on 247's rankings) he should see a solid rise into four-star territory.
Michigan is in on quite a few other big name guards and forwards in the 2016 class, so with Teske already in the fold things are looking way up for Michigan's recruiting down the road.