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2021 five-star forward Harrison Ingram commits to Stanford over Michigan, others

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The five-star player is headed to an academic powerhouse.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL: JULY 19 adidas Gauntlet Finale Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Another tough break for Juwan Howard and the Michigan Wolverines on the recruiting trail, as 2021 five-star forward Harrison Ingram announced his decision to play at Stanford.

The 6-foot-6, 210-pounder from Dallas, Texas committed to the Cardinal over Michigan. North Carolina, Purdue, Howard and Harvard. He is the No. 11 overall prospect and the No. 4 power forward in the class, per 247Sports’ composite.

Howard got Michigan into the race for Ingram back on June 11 when he extended the scholarship. Then on Aug. 1, Ingram included Michigan in his top six list, along with the aforementioned programs.

But at the end of the day, Ingram’s family made sure academics played a key role in his future school, so Stanford seemed to be the choice for that. Although all of his finalists value academics, his family reportedly favored Stanford over the other schools.

Now Howard and company will look elsewhere to build on their 2021 class. They already have commitments from four players, so odds are they would like to take another guy or two. Look for five-star center Efton Reid to be a main focus point moving forward, along with four-star forward Bryce Hopkins and five-star guard Hunter Salis.

Michigan’s 2021 class consists of four-star point guard Frankie Collins, four-star shooting guard Kobe Bufkin, four-star wing Isaiah Barnes and three-star forward Will Tschetter. It remains the No. 5 overall class in the country.