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2021 Basketball Recruiting Board update: Michigan continues offers to elite wings

Howard’s pursuit of wing talent keeps growing.

NCAA Basketball: Wisconsin at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Head coach Juwan Howard and the Michigan Wolverines continue to expand the recruiting board for the 2021 cycle with full attention being paid to the next class of prospects to court. Despite being spurned by a few top targets in the last cycle, the pursuit has not slowed one bit on that front.

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 Charles Bediako (St. Catharines, ON)

No. 21 overall player | No. 4 center

There is an obvious need for a boost on the wing in this next cycle, but Michigan has a not-so-sneaky need at center, as well. Only Hunter Dickinson is on scholarship for the 2021-22 season. Brandon Johns would be a senior, but is more of a four. Three other Big Ten schools are listed as “warm” for Bediako, including Illinois, Maryland and Ohio State — the latter of which he has visited several times.

Here’s what 247Sports has to say about what Bediako brings to the table:

Mobile center with good size, long arms and budding athleticism. Very physically immature with a frame that should eventually carry a lot more weight. Has improved motor/competitiveness throughout high school career. Still relatively raw on offense but hands and feet don’t give serious limitations. Can finish with both hands but prefers right. Footwork and face up ability could improve. Has made progress as rebounder and rim protector with strength. Needs to get stronger and add to skill but has high ceiling. On path to be high major starter with professional upside depending on skill development.

Four-star wing Matthew Cleveland (Alpharetta, GA)

No. 29 overall player | No. 5 shooting guard

Cleveland’s recruitment is still fairly wide open having recently announced a top 16 list of schools. Given that the amount of schools still vying for his services is that high, it stands to reason that Michigan should have a shot to get in on his courtship.

Having watched a bit of Cleveland’s game recently, I think he’s more of a slashing wing best suited to play the three in college. He does his best work around the basket and the energy he brings to the defensive side of the ball is impressive — with room to grow — and he rebounds his spot very well.

The Board

We’ve updated the board accordingly with a new tab to denote the players who are still considering Michigan or not. Here’s where things stand as of now.

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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The Wolverines have been eliminated from some five-star recruitments lately, but it is not nearly as painful as it may have been with 2020 guys in say, October of last year. It gives them the ability to continue to cast a wide net and build a board while continuing some of the virtual contact they have had with recruits. A decent amount of recruitments seem to be somewhat in a holding pattern until everyone gets the go-ahead to begin traveling for visits again, so Michigan is playing the long game like the rest of the country.

It stands to reason right now that two of the top guys on Michigan’s board for the moment come in the form of Jaden Akins right down the road in Farmington and Jalen Warley, who has family that played for Phil Martelli at St. Joseph’s. The Wolverines should wind up in a fist fight of sorts with Tom Izzo and Michigan State for the services of the in-state guard Akins.