In the late hours of Thursday night, Juwan Howard filled the first spot of Michigan’s 2022 recruiting class when four-star point guard Dug McDaniel committed to the Wolverines.
At 5-foot-10, 155 pounds, McDaniel checks in at No. 86 in the 247Sports composite rankings. He hails from the DMV area, which continues to emerge as a pipeline for Michigan. McDaniel, Terrance Williams and Hunter Dickinson all played high school basketball in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference — one of the most competitive leagues in all of high school basketball.
For McDaniel, that DMV connection was a major draw.
“They definitely did (influence my decision),” McDaniel said during an interview with Capitol Hoops on Friday night. “I’ve spoken to Hunter on the phone, Terrance was there during the tour the whole time just telling me good things about it. Even though he did get as much minutes as he wished, he still was positive and encouraging about the school, so that really showed a lot and helped me make my decision.”
Though McDaniel is seen as undersized, his playmaking skills are among the best in the 2022 class. His quickness in the open court allows him to create angles that limit the negative impact of his height, while his vision makes him an elite passer. He’s the ideal lead guard to build a program around, and the Wolverines should be able to surround him with talented wings and big men during his time in Ann Arbor.
Whether or not this ends Howard’s pursuit of five-star guard Jaden Bradley and four-star guard Seth Trimble remains to be seen. Michigan’s continued pursuit of the latter seems more likely given Trimble’s combo guard athleticism and size.
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