Excitement for the future of the Michigan Wolverines men’s basketball program is at a modern high with Juwan Howard’s No. 1 recruiting class. Not much has changed to alter that optimism, but the hype has grown a bit more with 247Sports’ final 2021 class rankings.
Michigan keeps its stranglehold on the top class in the country and even extends it a bit further with a handful of commits getting rating bumps. Five-star forward Caleb Houstan holds steady at No. 11 overall, while fellow five-star Moussa Diabate moves up three spots to No. 12 in the country.
Four-star guards Kobe Bufkin and Frankie Collins moved up in the rankings from No. 44 to 40 and No. 51 to 48, respectively. The class is rounded out by four-star guard Isaiah Barnes (No. 106) and three-star forward Will Tschetter (No. 142).
Houstan is expected to fill one of the five spots in the starting lineup for Michigan, while Frankie Collins may compete with transfer DeVante’ Jones for the bulk of the minutes at point guard. Diabate, Bufkin and the rest of the freshmen class are expected to compete for roles off the bench this season.
Earlier this week, we took a look at Michigan’s projected lineup and thoughts on the new additions in our most recent roster breakdown. Things appear to be set barring any other surprises and now the attention turns to preparing for another deep NCAA Tournament run in 2021-22.