One of the most talented recruiting classes in Michigan basketball history arrives on campus this Summer, as headlined by five-star recruits Caleb Houstan and Moussa Diabate, this core can help Michigan basketball reach new heights.
Juwan Howard and company are looking to add another five-star recruit from the 2022 class, as point guard Jaden Bradley will visit Ann Arbor this weekend, per ESPN’s Paul Biancardi.
Recruiting update: Jaden Bradley tells me his official visit schedule in June.— Paul Biancardi (@PaulBiancardi) May 30, 2021
North Carolina 15-17
A paint toucher & great decision maker. His passes have meaning & accuracy. He owns a tight mid-range jumper. @JBsmoovve
Ranking second among point guards and ninth among all recruits in the 2022 class, Bradley would be one of the most star-studded pure point guard prospects the Wolverines have ever had.
The five-star point guard should see offers coming his way before Summer is over, with Alabama, Arizona, Kentucky and North Carolina all showing interest.
Bradley, the owner of a truly excellent Twitter handle in @JBsmoovve, would be a great addition to the Wolverines. Should he sign with Michigan, he’d likely compete with Zeb Jackson and Frankie Collins for the starting point guard spot.
Hailing from Concord, North Carolina, Bradley is an old-school point guard, with court vision that will help make the college transition go a lot smoother.
That vision was on display his sophomore season. Fast forward to about the 2-minute mark of this clip below and watch that basketball I.Q. on display for yourself.
At the 2:01 mark, Bradley comes off a screen and is instantly double-teamed off the wing, leaving the young guard little room to operate.
Most young guards, particularly high school underclassmen, would panic in that situation and either get smothered by the defense or make a pass too quickly that results in a turnover.
Bradley isn’t like most young guards, as he already possesses the patience needed to find the right play to make.
Much like Damian Lillard, Bradley waits for the exact right moment to make a pass, waiting patiently for passing lanes to open up as opponents double him on the wing.
Bradley has an innate ability to get to the lane as Derrick Walton Jr. did in Ann Arbor, and the 2022 grad has already shown the ability to make the right read and launch a quick-twitch pass to a teammate for an open three.
Bradley improved immensely in his junior season, putting on more muscle and finishing through contact around the rim more frequently.
Once getting to IMG academy, Bradley was ranked as the No. 1 2022 point guard in the country, which makes sense, considering this highlight package features an impressive amount of transition dunks and lobs for alley-oops from half-court.
With Michigan, I could see him in a comparable role to Lonzo Ball with the Pelicans. Bradley usually looks to be the set-up man and get his teammates open first, but he can get to the rim and make the highlight play himself if he needs to.
With blue bloods like Kentucky and UNC in the mix, it seems a bit unlikely that Bradley would choose U-M. But if he did, a guard rotation of him, Jackson, Collins, and Kobe Bufkin would give the Wolverines a lot of upside for the future.
Bradley is by no means a score-first point guard, but him being the straw that stirs the drink on offense might be exactly what a young group of Michigan hoopers needs.