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Resetting Michigan Basketball’s 2022 recruiting board

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The Wolverines are hard at work in the 2022 class.

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Juwan Howard and the Michigan Wolverines signed the No. 1 recruiting class in the country during the 2021 cycle. The work now shifts to the 2022 class that everyone from the previous cycle is signed and on campus.

Howard and his staff have pulled in a pair of commitments so far with at least a few spots left open. Let’s reset the board and take a look at who is still available.

Commits

Four-star point guard Dug McDaniel (No. 59 overall player), Four-star center Tarris Reed (No. 69 overall)

The first two members of Michigan’s 2022 class committed this summer with McDaniel dropping in June and Reed pledging in August.

McDaniel fits the mold of what Michigan point guards have mostly been over the last decade or so. He brings a playmaking flair and gets after it on the defensive end of the court while also boasting the offensive skill-set to score for himself. He’s undersized at 5-foot-9 but has the requisite leadership traits and motor to make him a perfect fit in Ann Arbor.

Reed is an exciting prospect and should only continue to rise in the rankings. He is a big man that can score at all three levels and possesses a versatile array of moves down low. He has the look of a player that can stretch the floor from either a forward or center role while also being able to get what he wants in the post.

Michigan will continue to swing big for stars on the recruiting trail, but sustainable success comes in the form of these types of foundational prospects. Their two commitments currently have Michigan at the No. 15 class in college basketball, but that number will rise as more players are added.

The Offer Board

We removed prospects from the board that committed elsewhere or are not considering Michigan. This serves as a best-available list for what Howard and his staff are still pursuing.

2022 Michigan Basketball Offer Board

Player School (State) Star Rating Position Nat. Rank Pos. Rank
Player School (State) Star Rating Position Nat. Rank Pos. Rank
Dereck Lively II Westtown School (PA) 5-star C 5 1
Jarace Walker IMG Academy (FL) 5-star SF 9 1
Eric Dailey IMG Academy (FL) 4-star SF 27 5
AJ Casey Whitney Young (IL) 4-star PF 33 6
Jett Howard University School (FL) 4-star SF 39 10
Ernest Udeh Jr. Dr. Phillips (FL) 4-star C 56 9
Ty Rodgers Grand Blanc Community (MI) 4-star SF 57 16
Yohan Traore Prolific Prep (CA) 4-star C 67 11
Gregg Glenn Calvary Christian Academy (FL) 4-star PF 93 17
Colin Smith St. Mark's (TX) 4-star SF 107 20
Rankings via 247Sports’ Composite

Pending other attrition, it looks like Michigan has anywhere from 2-3 spots remaining in the 2022 class, assuming that Hunter Dickinson and Caleb Houstan go pro after this year. It feels safe to say that Jett Howard, Juwan’s son, will wind up being a member of the class. He has grown into one of the best wing prospects in the 2022 class, so this would be more than a family reunion. The fella can play the game of basketball.

Yohan Traore is another name to keep an eye on given the offer he earned recently from the Wolverines. They have put themselves into consideration for his services, being labeled as a “legitimate threat” by Sam Webb of The Michigan Insider ($).

Things are a bit quiet on the trail right now, but it seems as if power forward is going to be a big point of emphasis in this class. The quartet of Jarace Walker, Eric Dailey, AJ Casey and Gregg Glenn are some of their top targets there with Walker and Dailey notable given the IMG Academy ties they share with Jett Howard. Casey is a Chicago guy, so that’s a pipeline that Juwan Howard is also familiar with tapping into.

Recruitments like McDaniel and Reed concluded quickly, so Juwan Howard has a flair for turning flirtations into commitments on a dime. It seems reasonable that the board above will continue to expand here and there, but these are the names to keep an eye on at this point in the process.

Who are you hoping the Wolverines can reel in for this class? Sound off in the comments below.