In his first full recruiting cycle as head coach of the Michigan basketball program, Juwan Howard managed to sign the No. 1 recruiting class in the 2021 cycle. The headliner of that class is Caleb Houstan, a Canadian who played high school basketball at Montverde Academy in the state of Florida.
Houstan was the last of his classmates to arrive in Ann Arbor, as he was competing in the FIBA U19 World Cup with Team Canada. He comes to Michigan with a bronze medal hung around his neck, and likely hungry to win more during his time in college.
He detailed his experience with Montverde Academy and Team Canada on the most recent “Defend the Block” podcast, stating how those things and his journey to Michigan have helped him become a more well-rounded player.
“I think it makes me versatile. I’m ready for really any situation,” Houstan said. “I can take advice on how I can improve my game and what the team needs and stuff like that, so I think it definitely makes me versatile and ready to come into different situations that other people might not be able to.”
Houstan also went into detail about why he chose to play for Howard and the Wolverines. He described how he has enjoyed watching the Michigan basketball program the last couple years, specifically Isaiah Livers and Franz Wagner. But another big reason he chose to play at Michigan is the family atmosphere.
“Outside of basketball, it’s really the family part for me,” Houstan said. “They really made it seem like it was a family, and that’s a big thing to me.”
Houstan leads a star-studded incoming freshman class for Michigan, which also includes five-star forward/center Moussa Diabate, four-star guard Frankie Collins, four-star guard Kobe Bufkin, four-star wing Isaiah Barnes and three-star forward Will Tschetter.
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