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Report: Juwan Howard, Michigan staff virtually meeting with five-star on Friday

The Wolverines appear to be making him a big priority.

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Juwan Howard and the Michigan Wolverines have long moved past the 2020 recruiting class and are into the 2021 cycle as the board continues to take shape. Among one of the elite prospects that they find themselves in the mix for is five-star big man Charles Bediako, who the staff is reportedly set to meet with virtually on Friday per Jake Weingarten of Stockrisers.

The Canadian center is the classes’ No. 21 ranked prospect, per the 247Sports composite. Given the only true center on the roster for the 2021-22 season right now is set to be Hunter Dickinson, the pursuit of Bediako makes sense, as he also is able to play the four.

Here’s the scouting report on Bediako from 247Sports’ Josh Gershon:

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.

The Wolverines do not currently have any players committed in the 2021 cycle, but have again cast a wide net with some of the country’s elite prospects in hopes to land a massive haul of talent. For a look at the players that they have offered so far, be sure to check out our board here.