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Michigan makes top 11 list for 2022 five-star C Jalen Duren

The Wolverines are among the top options for the No. 2 player in the country.

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Juwan Howard and the Michigan Wolverines are among the top options for 2022 five-star center Jalen Duren, who released his top 11 list Sunday afternoon.

Along with Michigan, Duren’s other options are Alabama, Auburn, Miami, Memphis, Penn State, Villanova, Kentucky, UCLA, the NBA G League and the National Basketball League.

Howard and the Wolverines offered Duren way back in Feb. 2020. Duren, who is the No. 2 player in the 2022 class on 247Sports’ composite, is listed at 6-foot-10 and 230 pounds. He plays high school ball at Montverde Academy in Florida.

247Sports’ Brandon Jenkins projects Duren to be a future top 10 pick in the NBA Draft, and compares him to a player who Howard worked with quite a bit back when he was coaching in the NBA — Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo.

One of the most impressive post prospects to come along in terms of how he is built physically and one of the top overall prospects in America. Duren is a total monster in the low post who commands a double team and always knows where it is coming from. He is more physical, athletic, and bigger than his peers which sums up to him being a pro in the making. He runs the floor, can explode off it where he shows value as a conscientious rebounder. His touch around the basket and ability to leap multiple times is noteworthy. He is a motored up workhorse who has an affinity for playing hard. Defensively, Duren is alert while in helpside and alters or blocks shots with great elevation and timing. He has a high ceiling that gives many scouts the reason to believe he can achieve all-pro status someday down the road.

The Wolverines currently do not have any commits in the 2022 class, but are in it for numerous top players in this class, including five-star forward Jarace Walker, four-star guard Jett Howard, four-star guard Dug McDaniel, four-star forward AJ Casey, four-star center Donovan Clingan, four-star forward Eric Dailey, in-state four-star forward Ty Rodgers and four-star forward Greg Glenn.