The contact period for basketball recruits in the class of 2023 is officially underway as of midnight Tuesday morning. Juwan Howard and his staff were busy contacting some of the top sophomores in the country in hopes to earn their services in Ann Arbor.
Here’s a quick recap of all of the names we saw flying on our social media pages in the last 36 hours:
First up is 6-foot-8 forward and No. 5 prospect in the country according to 247Sports composite, Kwame Evans Jr.
LSU, Michigan, and now... Kentucky, make up the programs that have reached out to five-star sophomore and arguably one of 2023’s top prospects, Kwame Evans Jr., he told @Stockrisers. https://t.co/iruxv2VVmy— Jake (@jakeweingarten) June 15, 2021
In-state combo guard Braelon Green told Jake Weingarten the Wolverines were one of the first schools to reach out after receiving an offer from Michigan State earlier this week:
Michigan and Ohio State are the first two programs to contact 2023 prospect Braelon Green, he told @Stockrisers. He visited Michigan State the other day and holds an offer from the Spartans.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) June 15, 2021
Ja’Kobe Walter, the No. 16 player in the class according to 247Sports, was another shooting guard to hear from Michigan, along with a slew of others schools:
Five-star sophomore Ja’Kobe Walter has heard from Arkansas, Gonzaga, Michigan, Kansas State, Baylor, Tennessee, Memphis, Texas, Oklahoma State, he told @Stockrisers. One of Texas’ top-ranked prospects.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) June 15, 2021
The No. 64 overall ranked player in the class and Frisco, Texas-native named Drew Steffe caught the Wolverines’ eye:
Sharpshooting sophomore Drew Steffe has heard from Michigan, Memphis, K-State, Georgia, Oklahoma State, Butler, Boise State, San Diego State, Virginia, Iowa, UCLA, Colorado, Minnesota, and many others, he told @Stockrisers.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) June 15, 2021
Wrote about him in Dec.https://t.co/lPrMFGlSdu
The in-state recruit and No. 33 overall recruit Curtis Williams Jr. got some early love from Michigan:
2023 four-star small forward Curtis Williams Jr. has been contacted by Alabama and Michigan since the contact period began. pic.twitter.com/aSg4DfwPJj— Jacob Polacheck (@JacobPolacheck) June 15, 2021
The Wolverines targeted another small forward in Tyler Williams:
2023 prospect Tyler Williams has heard from Pittsburgh, Michigan, and Cleveland State, his coach told @Stockrisers. The 6’8 forward will visit Pittsburgh later today.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) June 15, 2021
University of Detroit-Jesuit High School point guard Sonny Wilson also heard from Michigan:
2023 PG Sonny Wilson tells me that he has heard from Michigan and Central Michigan since the contact period began tonight (@Sonny_wilson3 ).— Recruits Zone (@recruitszone) June 15, 2021
John Gamble, the No. 47 player in the country out of Florida got a call from Ann Arbor:
Charlotte’s 2023 G John Gamble (@_jaygamble_) has heard from the following schools since midnight: Air Force, Elon, George Washington, Memphis, Michigan, Portland, and Wyoming. #SWFLHoops @tarponhoops @Coach_Chery— SWFL Hoops (@swflhoops) June 15, 2021
The Wolverines reportedly got their second offer in the 2023 class on the books with No. 7 overall recruit J.J. Taylor out of Chicago:
The No. 55 overall recruit out of Indianapolis, Jalen Hooks had a conversation with Michigan:
2023 four-star SG Jalen Hooks tells me that UNLV and Clemson just contacted him (@jhooks1414 ).— Recruits Zone (@recruitszone) June 15, 2021
Also been contacted by Kentucky, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Iowa, Cincinnati, Kansas State, Memphis, Indiana, Arkansas, South Carolina, Michigan, GWU, Pitt, Georgia, and Ohio State.
Jazz Gardner, a 6-foot-10 center out of California and top 50 recruit took a call from Michigan:
2023 four-star C Jazz Gardner tells me that he has heard from Michigan, Memphis, and George Washington since the contact period began tonight (@JazzGardner32 ).— Recruits Zone (@recruitszone) June 15, 2021
Unranked 2023 small forward Sean Stewart continues to impress after earning an offer from Michigan in October:
2023 SF Sean Stewart dominated on Saturday in his HS summer league game with 30 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 blocks (@Sean13Stewart ).— Recruits Zone (@recruitszone) June 14, 2021
Holds offers from Kansas, Michigan, Florida, Arizona State, Stanford, Georgetown, Maryland, Stetson, Pittsburgh, USF, Texas A&M, and Penn State.
A pair of top recruits share photos of their Michigan visits
Let’s keep the Michigan basketball recruiting train rolling as No. 77 overall recruit and Wisconsin point guard Seth Trimble shared some photos of his visit to Ann Arbor:
Coach Howard pulled out all the stops as Jordan Poole (another Wolverines from the Milwaukee area) was also in Ann Arbor during Trimble’s visit working out at the Crisler Center.
Trimble is set to visit North Carolina with his trip starting today. He has one crystal ball selection to Michigan.
The composite No. 41 recruit in the country, Donovan Clingan also shared a photo of his visit to Ann Arbor:
The 7-foot-1 mammoth in the class of 2022 previously visited UConn, and those two seem to be the favorites for his services. He’s one of four centers Howard has offered in his class.
One more hoops tidbit
Shams Charania posted all of the prospects heading to the NBA Draft Combine and Isaiah Livers appears to be the only Wolverine on his way:
2021 NBA Draft Combine (June 21-27) participants revealed: pic.twitter.com/lG1mG0gPyW— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 15, 2021
Franz Wagner, Hunter Dickinson, Chaundee Brown and Mike Smith are other Wolverines who have their names in the pool of players hoping to hear their name called on Draft Day, as of now.
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