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Michigan makes final two for five-star 2020 forward Isaiah Todd, decision coming Oct. 17

Juwan Howard might be close to landing his first major fish at Michigan.

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Isaiah Todd, a five-star forward in the 2020 class out of North Carolina, named his final two schools on Monday in a grouping that features a showdown between Michigan and Kansas. He will make his decision on Oct. 17.

Shoutout to Todd for the Thanos-inspired recruiting graphic.

Todd, a five-star prospect as mentioned, is currently ranked as the 12th-best player in the 2020 cycle per 247Sports’ Composite.

“I liked all of the schools, but Michigan and Kansas are the two schools that have really been standing out for me,” Todd said, via USA Today. “I’ve gotten close with Coach (Bill) Self and Coach (Juwan) Howard, and I know that they can really help me take my game to the next level.”

The final two is notable seeing as Kansas is dealing with a recent notice of allegations from the NCAA amid college basketball’s latest scandal. A handful of Crystal Ball picks went the way of Todd to the Wolverines shortly after announcing his final two schools.

Howard may very well be on the verge of landing his first major fish (unless you count Franz Wagner) since taking the Michigan job. He has worked his way into the mix for a lot of elite 2020 talent in a short amount of time and Todd is looking like a possibility for the first domino to fall. With as many as four scholarships available for next season, Todd’s commitment may send off a chain reaction of sorts.

As is always the case on the recruiting trail, it is best served to temper expectations, but this could be the start of something big for Michigan basketball as Howard answers questions about his chops as a recruiter. We do not know the type of head coach he will be yet, but his ability to turn heads on the trail has been impressive.