Caleb Houstan is the crown jewel of Michigan men’s basketball’s 2021 recruiting class and a projected lottery pick before he even steps on campus. This week, he spoke to The Michigan Insider on a variety of topics, including what led him to choose Juwan Howard and the Wolverines.
Style of play and the family atmosphere were seemingly the two biggest factors in his recruitment.
I think just the style of play, for one, the style of play and the fit. Way back when I was going through the recruiting process and all that, I think Michigan was definitely a place where I could see myself fitting into the system in terms of style of play, the players that they have and the coaches, how they kind of run things and run their offense. As well as Coach Howard and the whole staff, being confident in them and that they’ll prepare me for the next level and coach me every day to get better in all aspects of the game. I think one of the big things was that I had a really good relationship with the whole staff. It was like a family. They used that word a lot and that was really important to me because I’m big on feeling comfortable in certain situations. Obviously, college is a new situation and I think Michigan—I knew I was going to be comfortable going there. It’s like a family and it was just a feel-good situation.
Howard’s transparency and the way he has related to players have stood out since he arrived at Michigan. It seems that was the case once again as they reeled in a blue-chip prospect.
I think just being honest throughout the whole way. Just telling me how it is. A lot of people tell you what you want to hear. I think with them, they’re telling me how it is. That is big for me because I always want to get better so I want to hear things I can work on and not just the things that I’m good at or doing well right now. I think just them being professional and the culture that they’re building there, that really stood out to me and that’s why I wanted to become a Wolverine.
Houstan headlines the No. 1 class in the country for Michigan, which also features a second five-star prospect in Moussa Diabate. The class is filled out by a trio of four-stars in guards Frankie Collins and Kobe Bufkin and wing Isaiah Barnes. Three-star forward Will Tschetter rounds out the rest of the class.
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