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Five-star 2021 guard Jalen Warley chooses Florida State over Michigan, others

Michigan is back to the drawing board for a ball-handling guard in this class.

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Jalen Warley, a five-star prospect and one of the top combo guards in the country, announced his commitment to Florida State on Sunday after a week of buzz suggesting he was bound for the Seminoles. He chose FSU over Michigan, Memphis, Miami, Oregon and Virginia.

This one hurts a bit for the Wolverines, as Warley was by far their top prospect on the board at the position and a player that legitimately were in on until the very end, thanks to the efforts of assistant Phil Martelli.

Here is 247Sports’ quick scouting report on him:

“Jalen Warley is a big guard with size, skill and solid athleticism. At right around 6-foot-4, Warley has the size to play off the ball and also the ability to be a primary ball handler who makes others better. He doesn’t possess elite athleticism, but his size, basketball intelligence and feel for the game show on both ends of the court. On defensive he is capable of switching and guarding multiple positions, while on offense he can run a team or be a primary scorer if that is asked of him. Warley needs to continue to be more assertive so that his natural ability shines through, but all of the tools are there for him to make an impact and college, and potentially even in the NBA.”

We’ll have more on the fallout from the decision soon, but the long and short of it is that the board now turns to four-stars Jaden Akins, Carter Whitt and recently-offered Frankie Collins. It is also possible they expand the board at point guard should Akins join Michigan State’s 2021 class, which is expected by those close to his recruitment.