Point guard Xavier Simpson (Lima, OH / Lima Senior), center Jon Teske (Medina, OH / Medina), center Austin Davis (Onsted, MI / Onsted Community), and shooting guard Ibi Watson (Pickerington, OH / Pickerington Central) signed their National Letters of Intent and sent them to Michigan, John Beilein announced on Wednesday afternoon. All four had verbally committed to Michigan before Wednesday, which was the first day of the early signing period for the 2016 class.
Simpson is a four-star recruit and ranked No. 70 overall and the No. 13 point guard in the 2016 class according to the 247Sports Composite. Beilein said this about Simpson:
"Xavier is a tough, competitive point guard who makes the players around him better," said Beilein of Simpson. "Being the son of a coach, he has a tremendous basketball IQ and will do whatever it takes to win, whether that is scoring, diving for the loose ball or just finding the open man. He is an elite defender and balances that with his command of the game and leading his team on the floor."
Teske is a three-star prospect and listed No. 139 overall and the No. 17 center in the 2016 class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Beilein said this about Teske:
"The first thing you notice is Jon's size; however, he is very agile and skilled for a big man," said Beilein of Teske. "He can really run the floor and is a defensive presence in the middle. Jon is a true rim protector with his shot blocking ability. He is an excellent shooter as well as a passer. As he gains upper body strength and develops physically, his game will continue to mature, and he will be able to compete and be successful as a Big Ten center."
Davis is a three-star prospect and placed at No. 178 overall and the No. 24 center in the 2016 class according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Beilein said this about Davis:
"Austin is a strong low post player who has great presence in the middle," said Beilein of Davis. "He finishes well around the rim, rebounds well and has excellent passing skills. He has exceptional length and has really put in the work to improve his strength and physical conditioning. We love his great attitude, passion for the game and that he loves the University of Michigan. Austin is young for his grade, as he just turned 17 this past July, so his best days are ahead of him."
Watson is a three-star recruit and ranked at No. 211 overall and the No. 38 shooting guard in the 2016 class according to the 247Sports Composite. Beilein said this about Watson:
"We love the high ceiling for Ibi," said Beilein said of Watson. "He has a tremendous passion for the game and with his work ethic we have seen improvement year to year. He has the desire to become a great player. He can really shoot and pass the ball. We also love his athleticism and feel for the game. He comes from a winning program and we know he will be prepared for the challenges ahead."
Michigan does not expect to receive any further letters of intent from any other 2016 prospect because the Wolverines currently are one spot over capacity for next season.
You can read Michigan's full press release here.