The Michigan Wolverines have added another member to the 2021 recruiting class in the form of shooting guard Kobe Bufkin out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. A handful of 247Sports Crystal Balls emerged linking him to head coach Juwan Howard and the Wolverines on Monday morning and surged throughout the week before the official decision came down from the man himself.
First I thank God for the blessings, abilities and talents - I cherish them!— Kobe Bufkin (@kb33zy_04) July 10, 2020
Thank you to my family n friends
All my Coaches Trainers and Mentors
Thank you to all my many teammates/ brothers and basketball moms n dads.@TiptonEdits pic.twitter.com/RNMdwQBS8x
Bufkin is a four-star prospect and the No. 78 overall player in the 2021 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He also held offers from Michigan State, DePaul, Missouri, Northwestern and TCU, per his player profile on 247.
Guard depth has been a major concern for the Wolverines and Howard and his staff have taken steps to address that in the work they put in for Bufkin’s services. Next, they likely move on to a pursuit of another playmaking guard that can handle the ball with the candidates being Jalen Warley, Angelo Brizzi and Jaden Akins.
Bufkin becomes Michigan’s third commit of the 2021 cycle — and currently its highest rated — along with wing Isaiah Barnes and forward Will Tschetter, the latter of which announced his commitment to the Wolverines on Monday morning. As of this posting, the Wolverines have two scholarships remaining for the 2021 class, but more could be on the way transfer Chaundee Brown potentially eligible for this season and Franz Wagner perhaps going pro after the year, as well.