What an incredible difference two years makes.
Colin Castleton was a part of an extremely impressive 2018 Class recruited by John Beilein. Along with Castelton came three other four-star recruits: Ignas Brazdeikis, Brandon Johns Jr, and David DeJulius. Three-star Adrien Nunez rounded out a class of five promising players that ranked as the No. 11 class in the country.
Of all the names mentioned above, only Johns Jr. and Nunez remain as Beilein took a short trip to the NBA and is now working with the Big Ten Network, Brazdeikis was drafted by the Knicks and split time with the Knicks and their G-League affiliate, and in the last week DeJulius and Castleton made the decision to move on from Michigan.
Castelon earned some prestige at the end of his first season as he took over the backup center role behind Jon Teske after out-performing Austin Davis. But in the change of regime to Juwan Howard, Davis re-earned the role and even earned a fifth-year option from Howard.
That decision very well could have been the deciding factor for Castleton as he entered the transfer portal late Wednesday night.
Within 12 hours of his announcement, the incoming junior center has earned a plethora of impressive offers including South Carolina, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, and Notre Dame according to Jake Weingarten:
Michigan transfer Colin Castleton has heard from South Carolina, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Stanford, Virginia Tech, amongst many others, he told @Stockrisers.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) April 9, 2020
His name was entered in the portal twelve hours ago. https://t.co/HgtbmPRL0M
While it is sad to see Castleton go, it was becoming increasingly clear that he could end up struggling to find minutes with big men like Brandon Johns Jr., Hunter Dickinson, Isaiah Todd, and the aforementioned Davis returning to the Crisler Center next season.
Two Wolverines to virtually participate in NFL Draft
Michigan is hoping to be very well represented at the NFL Draft when the names are called as eleven former players went to the combine. Two of them will virtually participate in the draft: Cesar Ruiz and Josh Uche.
The draft will take place from April 23-25 and will be “fully-virtual” according to a memo sent by Roger Goodell to the NFL owners. The NFL announced Thursday that they will be fundraising for six different charities in a ‘Draft-A-Thon’ event while selections are taking place to help the fight with the COVID-19 virus.
Wolverines earn commitment from PWO Jerome Nichols
Nichols played linebacker and fullback at Renaissance High School in Detroit. He was a captain for two season on the football team.
Here is a highlight tape from his senior season:
Class of 2022 in-state LB Jordan Cannon earns Michigan offer
The West Bloomfield native comes in at 5’11’ and a frame of 210 lbs. He is unranked in the 247sports composite rankings as the 2022’s have yet to be graded.
A colleague in the 2022 class, Myles Rowser (who recently committed to the Michigan Wolverines) told our own Anthony Broome that Cannon was one of the players he was hopin to bring along with him to Ann Arbor.
- The Los Angeles Rams have traded WR Brandin Cooks and a 2022 fourth-round pick to the Houston Texans for a second-round pick.
- The Detroit Lions are reportedly trying to move back from the No. 3 pick in the 2020 Draft.
- Reports have come out from WEEI radio in Boston that Tua Tagvailoa, one of the top prospects in the NFL Draft, “flunked” physicals with two NFL teams and is ‘brittle”. His agent says that this is just a smokescreen for teams to hope that he will fall in the Draft.