Juwan Howard and the Wolverines made the top 10 list for 2021 five-star forward Patrick Baldwin Jr., he announced Saturday evening.
Joining Michigan are UCLA, Virginia, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Georgetown, Northwestern and Milwaukee.
You’re probably wondering why Milwaukee made it on his top list, right? Well, the 6-foot-9, 190-pounder is from Sussex, Wisconsin, which is about 20 miles west of Milwaukee. His father is also the head coach at the university.
247Sports basketball analyst Brian Snow compares Baldwin Jr. to NBA star Klay Thompson:
Has great length and an excellent frame to add weight. At 6-foot-8, can play either forward spot and he has the ability to be a weapon from beyond the arc. There aren’t many prospects who have the combination of skill, basketball IQ, size, and athleticism. Has gotten significantly better off the dribble, and it is easy to see why he is one of the premier prospects in the class of 2021. From an NBA perspective he has not only significant 3 and D potential as a forward, but his athleticism is getting better - which could mean future star status if everything continues to come together. Add in that he is a son of a coach who has been around the game his whole life, and Baldwin checks nearly every box you could want out of a prospect. Looks like he will develop into an NBA lottery pick.
This recruitment is still an uphill climb for Howard and company. All six of the crystal ball predictions currently sit with Duke, a school that is making Baldwin Jr. its No. 1 priority in this class. Still, it’s good to see Howard is still going toe-to-toe with these blue blood programs for the best prospects in the country. Eventually, he will get one of those five-star guys to come to Ann Arbor.
Baldwin Jr. is the No. 3 overall player in his class, per 247Sports’ composite.
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