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2021 Basketball Recruiting Board update: Elite center, handful of guards the latest offered

More 2021 offers are starting to surface with the page being turned to the next class.

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Head coach Juwan Howard and the Michigan Wolverines have been busy recently on the recruiting trail now that the 2020 class is in the rearview mirror. The program has already offered some elite prospects — including several five-stars — in the next cycle and does not appear to be deterred by missing out on the likes of Josh Christopher and Isaiah Todd in 2020.

We have a running offer board here on the site, which can always be accessed and bookmarked here. Let’s update the most recent names to be added to the list.

Five-star center Chet Holmgren (Minneapolis, MN)

No. 2 overall player | No. 1 center

Howard’s most notable offer of the last few days comes in the form of elite center Chet Holmgren out of Minnehaha Academy in the Twin Cities. To call him a center describes his size only, as he basically has the skill-set of a scoring wing player in a big man’s body. He has an offer sheet that boasts the likes of the Wolverines, Minnesota, Florida, Gonzaga, Kansas, North Carolina, Purdue, Texas and many more. Only a single crystal ball pick has been issued for Holmgren that has him staying home and playing for the Gophers.

247Sports lists four teams as “warm” in the pursuit of Holmgren in Gonzaga, Minnesota, Purdue and Texas. The Wolverines only Hunter Dickinson on scholarship on center for the 2021-22 season as of now, so it would make sense there is some interest in adding to the position in this class. Holmgren is a special prospect who is a projected lottery pick and does not project to spend a long time in college (if he goes, given what we know now about the NBA G League’s investment in top talent.

Four-star guard Jalen Warley (Norristown, PA)

No. 27 overall player | No. 2 combo guard

We are going to see the Wolverines load up on guards in the 2021 cycle, as ten of the 15 offers that they currently have sent out are focused on that position both on and off the ball. Warley has offers from Creighton, Louisville, Marquette, Oregon, Clemson, Maryland, Michigan, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall and Xavier.

Four-star guard Kobe Bufkin (Grand Rapids, MI)

No. 92 overall player | No. 20 shooting guard

Bufkin is also among the latest crop of guards that Howard and staff have extended an offer to. The in-state star averaged 22 points per game this past season for his team and currently holds offers from Michigan State, DePaul, Northwestern and TCU in addition to the Wolverines.

Unranked guard Isaiah Barnes (Oak Park, IL)

Not currently ranked by major recruiting services

Barnes not-so-quietly burst onto the scene as a junior this past season and is starting to catch the eye of a ton of high-major programs after the year that he put together. Schools like Kansas, Wisconsin, Illinois, Maryland and others have also recently jumped into the mix for his services. On film, you see a lengthy wing with the ability to create and hit shots from the perimeter, which is something we figure to see more of coming into the program.

This one is worth keeping an eye on given Howard’s roots from the state of Illinois. It helped get him in the door with a player like five-star Nimari Burnett, but he ultimately committed to Texas Tech. Columbia grad transfer Mike Smith has Illinois roots and that certainly played a part in his decision.

Michigan Basketball 2021 Offer Board

Player School (State) Star Rating Position Nat. Rank Pos. Rank Status Considering U-M?
Player School (State) Star Rating Position Nat. Rank Pos. Rank Status Considering U-M?
Patrick Baldwin Jr. Hamilton HS (WI) 5-star SF 1 1 Yes
Chet Holmgren Minnehaha Academy (MN) 5-star C 2 1 Yes
Paolo Banchero O Dea (WA) 5-star PF 3 1 Committed (Duke) No
Jaden Hardy Coronado (NV) 5-star CG 4 1 Yes
AJ Griffin Archbishop Stepinac (NY) 5-star SF 6 2 Committed (Duke) No
Caleb Houstan Montverde Academy (FL) 5-star PF 7 2 Yes
Hunter Sallis Millard North (NE) 5-star CG 8 2 Yes
Michael Foster Hillcrest Prep (AZ) 5-star PF 9 3 No
Harrison Ingram St. Mark's (TX) 5-star PF 10 4 Committed (Stanford) No
Kennedy Chandler Briancrest Christian (TN) 5-star PG 13 2 Committed (Tennessee) No
Trevor Keels Paul VI Catholic (VA) 5-star SG 15 1 No
Max Christie Rolling Meadows (IL) 5-star SG 16 2 Committed (MSU) No
Peyton Watson Long Beach Poly (CA) 5-star SF 18 5 Committed (UCLA) No
Moussa Diabate IMG Academy (FL) 5-star PF 19 5 Yes
Efton Reid Steward School (VA) 5-star C 21 4 Yes
Charles Bediako Andrews Osbourne Academy (ON) 5-star C 22 5 Yes
Jalen Warley Westtown School (PA) 5-star CG 23 3 Committed (Florida State) No
Matthew Cleveland Pace Academy (GA) 4-star SG 24 6 Committed (Florida State) No
Bryce Hopkins Fenwick HS (IL) 4-star PF 32 8 Yes
Frankie Collins Compass Prep (AZ) 4-star PG 56 9 Committed (Michigan) Yes
Carter Whitt Brewster Academy (NH) 4-star PG 64 11 Yes
Quincy Allen Maret School (DC) 4-star SF 65 11 Committed (Colorado) No
Kobe Bufkin Grand Rapids Christian (MI) 4-star SG 66 12 Committed (Michigan) Yes
Jaden Akins Farmington (MI) 4-star PG 67 12 Committed (MSU) No
Pierre Brooks Douglass Academy (MI) 4-star SG 69 13 Committed (MSU) No
Brandon Weston Morgan Park (IL) 4-star SF 70 12 Committed (Seton Hall) No
Isaiah Barnes River Forest (IL) 4-star SG 114 20 Committed (Michigan) Yes
Angelo Brizzi Highland (VA) 4-star PG 123 22 Committed (Villanova) No
Will Tschetter Stewartville (MN) 3-star PF 150 29 Committed (Michigan) Yes
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Overview

Michigan is going to lose two guards capable of handling the point after next season in Eli Brooks and Mike Smith, leaving only Zeb Jackson on the roster. Given that it seems likely Franz Wagner leaves for the NBA Draft in 2021 that puts them down another player that is capable of playing the two for them.

As of now, there are five open scholarship slots for the 2021 class, so this is going to wind up being a guard-heavy class. It also might mean that Michigan continues to work the transfer portal for a guard with multiple years of eligibility remaining that can help both this and next year, which could help bridge the gap there.

The expectation for now might be to look at the 2021-22 season as a bit of a reloading year unless they can land a day-one impact player or two capable of playing either guard spot. They are not going to shy away from the elite recruits, but we know what the challenges of those recruitments might be now. Howard’s board should only continue to expand as he and his staff evaluate prospects now that there is a full focus on the 2021 cycle.