Even though Juwan Howard and the Michigan Wolverines picked up a commitment from a 2022 four-star big man last week from Tarris Reed, they went back to the well Tuesday afternoon and offered 2022 four-star power forward/center Yohan Traore, as reported by Joe Tipton from On3 Recruits.
Michigan has offered 2022 big man Yohan Traore, he tells @On3Recruits.— Joe Tipton (@TiptonEdits) August 10, 2021
One of the biggest stock risers this summer.
Traore stands at 6-foot-10 and weighs 225 pounds. He hails from France, but resides in the United State now and plays with Prolific Prep in Napa, California. He has been playing there since this past season.
He was a huge riser this summer after competing in the NBPA Top 100 Camp. In the last month alone, thanks to his showing at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, Traore has earned offers from Oregon, Louisville, Arizona State, Tennessee, UCLA, USC and Arkansas. He also held previous offers from Kansas, LSU, Texas Tech, Texas, Creighton and more.
With Reed’s versatility and ability to play both the 4 and the 5, going after a guy like Traore makes sense. He had a huge summer and has shown he can hang with the best of the best. Howard wouldn’t have offered him if he didn’t think he and Reed could coexist on the court; I would anticipate he has a plan for the two of them.
Brandon Jenkins from 247Sports evaluated Traore back in May, and here is what he had to say about him:
Traore is a skilled, efficient, and productive big man with a good natural frame. His efficiency comes in how he generally plays within himself offensively and does what is asked of him on the floor. Traore displays a natural shooting touch not only inside but out to 15 feet and he always looks dunk everything he possibly can while operating inside or in the dunker spot. He also has great hands, is a solid rebounder, and runs the floor with purpose. Traore has the size, mobility, and skill as a big man that high major guards would love to play with.
The Wolverines have two commits in their 2022 class — Reed and four-star point guard Dug McDaniel. The class is ranked No. 3 in the Big Ten and No. 14 overall.
Traore is the No. 11 center, No. 11 player in California and No. 67 overall player in the 2022 class, per 247Sports’ composite. Check out some highlights below.