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Michigan makes final three schools for elite 2020 big man Mark Williams

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Juwan Howard’s Wolverines are in the mix again for another talented prospect.

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Mark Williams, one of the most talented big men in the 2020 recruiting cycle, has narrowed his list of schools down to three with Juwan Howard’s Michigan Wolverines making the cut. Joining Michigan in the trio of finalists are the UCLA Bruins and Duke Blue Devils.

He will make his college decision official on Nov. 1.

Williams is a four-star prospect and the fifth-ranked center in the Class of 2020 and is the 29th overall player, per the 247Sports Composite. Jerry Meyer of 247Sports has a scouting report on what Williams can bring to the table for a program.

“Has a nice blend of length, strength and mobility for a big man,” Meyer said. “Good athlete who plays with a tremendous motor. Can defend multiple positions in multiple areas on the court. Is a shot-blocking threat who is a dangerous rebounder. Primarily a finisher on offense. Developing and has potential as a face-up scorer, ball-handler and passer. Should develop into an NBA draft pick.”

This is the second 2020 recruit that has announced Michigan as one of the finalists with a looming decision date after five-star forward Isaiah Todd did the same on Monday, as he will choose between Michigan and Kansas on Oct. 17.

Duke currently leads in the 247Sports Crystal Ball selections with eight of the nine picks so far.

Michigan currently has four scholarships available for the 2020-21 season, pending attrition. One of those is currently filled by point guard Zeb Jackson, who has remained committed despite being a John Beilein pledge. At some point, Jace Howard, Juwan’s son, could also commit and fill one of those spots.