In case you missed it late Thursday night, Juwan Howard and the Michigan basketball program picked up their first commitment of the 2022 class from longtime top target, four-star point guard Dug McDaniel.
With McDaniel now in the fold, it’s likely Jaden Bradley and Seth Trimble, two other point guard prospects in the 2022 class, have been eliminated from Michigan’s board entirely. Trimble MAY still be considered due to his versatility, but it’s unclear at this time if he would want to be any school’s shooting guard.
With that said, let’s take a look at Michigan’s remaining top targets in the 2022 class.
Jalen Duren, five-star, C
Ranking: No. 1 C, No. 2 overall on 247Sports composite
The pro-route seems to be the favorite as of now for the dominant 6-foot-10, 230-pounder who plays prep ball at Montverde in Florida. But Howard and the Wolverines, and every school involved, will continue to recruit him until the very end; he’s that good.
Interestingly enough, according to 247Sports’ Travis Branham (FREE), Duren is considering a reclassification to the 2021 class. If that were to happen, Michigan’s chances would essentially be kaput due to roster space. That is, unless Hunter Dickinson kept his name in the NBA Draft.
Donovan Clingan, four-star, C
Ranking: No. 6 C, No. 40 overall on 247Sports composite
Clingan seems to be the most likely option at the five spot for the Wolverines in this class. He has them in his top eight list and just officially visited this week. At 7-foot-1 and 255 pounds, Michigan should be pitching to him a very similar role that Dickinson played this past season, and one they could pitch to all big men moving forward.
The Bristol, Connecticut native is also very high on UConn and is officially visiting there next month. It’s safe to say the Huskies are the biggest threat to Michigan in this recruitment at the moment, but he also has plans to officially visit Ohio State next weekend. The Wolverines squarely in this recruitment, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they have the lead.
Ty Rodgers, four-star SF
Ranking: No. 12 SF, No. 50 overall on 247Sports composite
The in-state target from Grand Blanc officially visited Michigan as soon as the NCAA recruiting dead period was lifted earlier this month. At 6-foot-7 and 195 pounds, Rodgers is versatile on both offense and defense, something Howard has made an emphasis on the recruiting trail.
Rodgers holds other offers from Maryland, Florida State, Michigan State, Ohio State, Houston, Minnesota, Marquette, Purdue, Louisville Syracuse, UConn, TCU and more. The lone crystal ball prediction is in for Michigan.
Eric Dailey, four-star PF
Ranking: No. 6 PF, No. 23 overall on 247Sports composite
A near-five-star prospect, Dailey is familiar with the Michigan basketball program due to playing with Juwan’s son, Jett, down at IMG Academy. In a recent interview with 247Sports’ Dushawn London ($), Dailey mentioned Michigan as one of the places he is planning to visit, along with Florida, Miami, Dayton and Virginia Tech.
“Playing for a head coach that has been where you are trying to go is definitely a plus,” Dailey said about Michigan. “Me and his son Jett Howard have had a tight relationship since way before Juwan Howard arrived there. So just knowing that family for a while is definitely a plus.”
Other schools he has interest in include Alabama, Tennessee, TCU, Texas and Texas A&M. He was also just offered by Georgia earlier this week.
Gregg Glenn, four-star, PF
Ranking: No. 14 PF, No. 77 overall on 247Sports composite
Michigan is definitely in the race for Glenn, but it’s hard to grasp exactly where he is at with his recruitment since he doesn’t do a whole lot of talking or tweeting. But he does have a relationship with Howard’s two sons, Jace and Jett, and he once said Juwan is “like my uncle,” so the Wolverines will have a shot here.
Michigan holds the lone crystal ball prediction for Glenn. He’s got other offers from Alabama, Florida State, Florida, LSU, Miami, Iowa State, Maryland and more.
AJ Casey, four-star PF
Ranking: No. 5 PF, No. 21 overall on 247Sports composite
Casey is a native of Chicago, a place very near and dear to Howard. There are several big-time schools in this recruitment alongside Michigan — Indiana, Gonzaga, Illinois, Ohio State, Louisville — so it’s tough to say where the Wolverines fall in this one.
He’s already officially visited Ohio State and has plans to unofficially visit Marquette. This recruitment seems like one that could drag on a while, and I could see Michigan filling up the class before Casey is ready to make up his mind.
Jett Howard, four-star, SG/SF
Ranking: No. 9 SF, No. 41 overall on 247Sports composite
Not much needs to be said here. He is one of the top talents in the class, is Juwan’s son, has a brother on the roster, and would probably be grounded for a lifetime if he went anywhere else. You can essentially count Howard as a member of Michigan’s 2022 class.