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Recruiting Board Update: Michigan and MSU battle, while the 2018 class gets tricky

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John Beilein and Tom Izzo find themselves fighting over two recruits for the 2019 class, while the Michigan recruiting class for 2018 gets interesting after the Noah Locke's announcement.

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The Michigan men’s basketball team has started to recently find their name landing in a lot of big recruits recent decisions and statements.

Late last night, The Athletic’s Brendan Quinn reported that five-star, shooting guard Tyrese Maxey said he will visit with Michigan and Michigan state this upcoming week.

Then on Thursday morning, Quinn again reported that small forward Quinn Slazinski will be visiting Michigan and Michigan state over the next couple of days.

Both athletes are a part of the 2019 class and are major recruits that John Beilein and Tom Izzo will find themselves battling for.

Maxey is from the south side of Garland, Texas and is ranked the 17th overall high school senior on the 247Sports Composite. He's a 6-foot-3 guard that can shoot as well as he can attack the basket.

Currently, he plays with the RM5Nike AAU team and South Garland High School. Michigan and MSU are among an ongoing list of other schools attempting to obtain the guard (Texas, UCLA, Oklahoma, Oregon, Baylor and others).

He is scheduled to take an unofficial visit to Michigan on Aug. 8, a day after he does the same with MSU on Aug. 7, according to The Athletic. It will be his first interactions on either school's campus.

In the Nike EYBL this summer, he averaged 15.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 25.2 minutes per game. From 3-point distance, he shot just under 37 percent (31-of-84).

Slazinski on the other hand will be in Ann Arbor as soon as Friday and will stay on Saturday, before heading to MSU on Monday, according to The Athletic. He has already visited with the Spartans twice, including their home victory on Jan. 29 over Michigan.

Like Maxey, Slazinski holds offers from Texas and Texas A&M, while there are many other schools interested in him as well (California, Oklahoma State, Houston and more).

Former Michigan assistant Jeff Meyer began the recruitment for Slazinski after a workout at Westbury Christian High School, where he is now transferring from to attend Huntington Prep who is known for basketball nationwide.

Slazinski has a background with the state of Michigan, starting with his extended family who still lives in Grand Rapids. His mother attended MSU while his father played football at Grand Valley State university (located in Grand Rapids). He currently has a cousin who attends UM and a grandparent who is a Wolverine alum, giving him direct ties with both schools he will be visiting.

Slazinski is given three-stars on the 247Sports Composite, and is the 203rd ranked senior for the 2019 class. He's a 6-foot-6, 200 pound wing that can push the ball up the floor quickly with his length and ball control. He can spot-up and shoot the ball from anywhere near or inside arc.

Other recruiting updates

On Tuesday evening earlier this week, one of the nation's top 2018 point guards Noah Locke included Michigan in the final eight schools he is picking from.

He released a one-minute video on Twitter of his highlights with the schools that remain among his top choices appearing throughout the video. The schools included other than Michigan are: Kansas, Florida, in-conference foes Maryland and Ohio State, Providence, Virginia and Xavier.

Beilein extended Locke’s scholarship offer in June, who at the time, had more than just the final eight schools he mentioned in his tweet.

Locke is a four-star recruit and is ranked 76th nationally in the 2018 class on the 247Sports Composite. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder is ranked 14th among point guards in the country. His natural shooting ability from outside the perimeter is what could make him a good fit under a coach like Beilein.

If Locke were to join Michigan’s 2018 class, he would fill the final piece to the puzzle, which makes things interesting with the Wolverines current situation.

Taylor Currie, Brandon Johns and David DeJulius already committed to the 2018 class and Michigan is still going after the nation's No. 1 overall ranked recruit in 2019 who reclassified to 2018.

R.J. Barrett, a 6-foot-6 forward, is seriously considering Michigan as the school he will play his college basketball with. He would take that final slot in the 2018 class, leaving no room for Locke to join the Wolverines.

Unless there are any decommitments or some other unexpected change, only time can tell what happens for Michigan’s upcoming recruiting classes.

One thing that is for certain, Beilein and his newly acquired staff will plenty of options to pursue this fall.