DJ Carton, a 5-star point guard from Iowa, finally announced on Twitter Saturday where he will be playing his college ball, and it isn’t news Wolverines fans like to hear.
Carton was considering Indiana, Michigan and Ohio State, and ended up selecting the Buckeyes
Carton visited both Michigan and Indiana in June. According to James Grega of Eleven Warriors, Michigan was considered the favorite to land Carton until he made his official visit to Ohio State this past week.
Acquiring Carton would have been an incredible feat for John Beilein and the Michigan basketball team; no doubt about it. He would have brought a sense of urgency similar to last season to the squad.
He’s explosive on offense and can change speeds to push transitions. He’s able to move around quickly and throw defenders off balance with his crossover dribbles.
In the 247Sports composite, Carton is nationally ranked the No. 2 point guard and No. 21 overall player. He’s the standout player at Bettendorf High School in Bettendorf, Iowa. If he’d chosen Michigan, he would have become Beilein’s second-highest ranked recruit to join the roster during his tenure at U-M.
But beyond that, he would have benefited with playing Michigan’s offense. Yeah, his 40-inch vertical gives him the ability to score at any point in isolation, but he is still on the small side at 6-foot-1 and 189 pounds, so attacking the basket isn’t always going to be a viable option, especially not in a D1 college platform.
He needs to perfect his 3-point shot, which honestly needs to improve if he’s hoping to ultimately make it to today’s NBA. Just like Moritz Wagner did throughout his time in Ann Arbor.
While Carton had a pretty average rise to the top of the rankings, his performance this summer was enough to want his talents in Ann Arbor, thanks to his performance throughout the AAU circuit. He was also invited to Under-18 National Team Trials in June, and also participated at the NBPA Top 100 camp, where he was obviously the best point guard in attendance.
Currently, Michigan has one commitment for the 2019 class — 4-star forward Jalen Wilson.