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Michigan Basketball’s top remaining 2021 targets and its realistic chances with each

The Wolverines still have some elite targets to pursue.

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Another five-star prospect is off the board in the 2021 class for the Michigan Wolverines with Harrison Ingram committing to Stanford on Friday. Head coach Juwan Howard has one of the best classes in the country so far with four top 150 commitments in the cycle, but there is still a spot or two to add with nothing but elite prospects still left on the board.

Here is a look at the top players still considering Michigan and the program’s chances of landing them.

Five-star small forward Patrick Baldwin

No. 1 overall player, No. 1 SF | Chances of commitment: Practically non-existent

Baldwin still has Michigan on his list of schools, but this feels like another elite recruitment that is going to wind up going in favor of Duke.

Five-star center Chet Holmgren

No. 2 overall player, No. 1 C | Chances of commitment: Probably not great

The Holmgren family seems willing to look at all available options, which still include the G-League despite their insistence that it is not the path they are considering. It might take a Herculean effort to pull this off, but if the staff has until April or so perhaps something can materialize here.

Five-star combo guard Jaden Hardy

No. 4 overall player, No. 1 CG | Chances of commitment: Practically non-existent

This feels like it comes down to Kentucky, UCLA or the professional route. Michigan has never seriously been in consideration.

Five-star combo guard Hunter Sallis

No. 7 overall player, No. 2 CG | Chances of commitment: Probably hopeless

North Carolina or Kentucky are out in front here and a decision is somewhat imminent.

Five-star power forward Caleb Houstan

No. 8 overall player, No. 2 PF | Chances of commitment: It’s possible

Houstan is a 2022 reclassifier and a former teammate of Michigan freshman guard Zeb Jackson. I would expect Michigan to keep showing interest and using that connection as its pitch.

Five-star point guard JD Davison

No. 9 overall player, No. 1 PG | Chances of commitment: Feels unlikely

Davison has Michigan in his recent trimdown of schools, but I cannot find a record of an actual scholarship offer being extended to him. At this point, they feel like just a hat on the table.

Five-star power forward Moussa Diabate

No. 20 overall player, No. 5 PF | Chances of commitment: Unclear, but there’s a chance

Diabate does have ties to the Howard family having played with Jett, but of the three big man names coming up on the list, it feels like we have heard the least about him.

Five-star center Efton Reid

No. 22 overall player, No. 4 C | Chances of commitment: Somewhat realistic

By all accounts, Reid is Michigan’s top remaining target with a 7-foot hole at center on the 2021-22 roster. Michigan figures to do battle with Ohio State and others for his services, but they will continue to make him a big priority. The Wolverines are high enough on him that there was talk of a push to reclassify to 2020 earlier this year, but that obviously will not be happening now.

Five-star center Charles Bediako

No. 23 overall player, No. 5 C | Chances of commitment: Feels less realistic than Reid, but possible

Matt EM over at MGoBlog says that Michigan is in “solid position” with Bediako, but so little has been said about this recruitment that it is hard to get a grasp on.

Four-star power forward Bryce Hopkins

No. 30 overall player, No. 7 PF | Chances of commitment: Not happening

Hopkins in recent weeks has been someone that has been mentioned as one of Michigan’s top targets, but the former Louisville commit could be bound for Kentucky any time now.