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JUST IN: Michigan basketball lands two huge transfer portal commitments

The Wolverines added two massive portal additions on Friday afternoon.

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Mar 8, 2023; Greensboro, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard Caleb Love (2) reacts in the first half of the second round at Greensboro Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Juwan Howard’s Wolverines got much better on Friday afternoon via two transfer commits. Tray Jackson (F) and Caleb Love (G) are the newest Michigan basketball transfer portal commits and should make an immediate impact on the Wolverines’ roster during the coming Michigan basketball season.

JUST IN: Two new Michigan basketball transfer portal commits

The Wolverines are coming off of an immensely disappointing season in 2022-23, which ended with a Sweet 16 exit in the NIT against Vanderbilt. Because of this, a few Wolverines have hit the portal — such as Michigan basketball star Hunter Dickinson — though Juwan Howard has also been busy bringing in talent to replace his team’s losses. On Friday afternoon, he added two top portal candidates.

The first addition is North Carolina guard Caleb Love, a former five-star point guard recruit. Love is coming to Michigan basketball with three years of experience under his belt with UNC — a season ago, Love averaged 16.7 points per game, 2.8 assist per game, and 3.7 rebounds per game. He will fill a need for experience and scoring on the 2023-24 Michigan basketball roster and is a massive pickup for Juwan Howard.


The second transfer portal commit for Michigan basketball is Tray Jackson, who comes to Ann Arbor after playing one season for Missouri and three seasons for Seton Hall. Jackson is a 6-foot-10, 215-pound power forward and a native of Detroit, MI — like Caleb Love, he fills a major need for Juwan Howard’s squad ahead of a crucial season in 2023-24. As a recruit, Jackson was rated as a four-star prospect and was ranked as the No. 3 player in the state of Michigan for the class of 2019. Jackson is yet to reach his full potential as a college basketball player, though boasts an incredible frame and the talent to match.



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Major four-star Michigan basketball recruiting target signs with agency for NIL rep

A top 2024 target for Juwan Howard has signed with the Level 13 Agency.

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Feb 5, 2023; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Referee holds th ball during the second half of the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Ohio State Buckeyes at Crisler Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Today, four-star Michigan basketball recruiting target John Bol, out of Sunrise Christian in Kansas, partnered with a new NIL representation agency. Bol is currently trending towards landing in the Maize and Blue, and this new NIL representation could help the Wolverines with their NIL struggles if he chooses to come to Ann Arbor.

Michigan basketball recruiting target signs with Level 13 Agency for NIL representation

According to a new report, John Bol has signed with Level 13 Agency, a major NIL representation agency, with the goal of securing more NIL attention. The landscape of college athletics is currently undergoing significant changes, particularly with respect to NIL deals, making representation crucial for young athletes.

Based on ON3’s rankings, Bol is a four-star recruit from Kansas and is regarded as one of the nation’s top recruits. He is ranked at No. 24 nationally, No. 2 among centers, and No. 1 among Kansas recruits in the Industry Rankings. According to the Recruiting Prediction Machine, Michigan basketball currently holds the lead in his recruitment, surpassing teams such as Missouri, Florida, and Nebraska.

John Bol possesses incredible talent, but what truly sets him apart is his 7-foot-2, 190-pound frame, which gives him a distinct advantage over many formidable competitors. Juwan Howard seems to be experiencing a bit of a slump at the moment, losing momentum both on the court and in recruiting. However, if he can secure additional top-tier recruits, such as Bol, the Wolverines may quickly regain their footing.



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Michigan basketball recruiting: Wolverines land top-150 class of 2024 recruit

Michigan basketball recruiting has received its second commit in the 2024 class!

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Mar 5, 2023; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Juwan Howard in the first half against the Indiana Hoosiers at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

ANN ARBOR, MI — After a disappointing end to the 2023 basketball season, Juwan Howard has been active in the recruiting process to right the ship for future years. Earlier today, Michigan basketball recruiting landed their second major commitment for the 2024 recruiting class.

Michigan basketball recruiting: Wolverines receive commitment from a big-time in-state recruit

Durral Brooks, a four-star point guard, announced his commitment to Michigan earlier today. Brooks’ only official visit was back in October when he visited Ann Arbor. However, Brooks took two unofficial visits to Michigan State, another school listed in his top five.

Despite being pursued by Michigan State, Dayton and Butler, Brooks ultimately decided to become a Wolverine and will join Juwann Howard’s 2024 recruitment class as the second commitment.

Brooks played basketball at Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In both his sophomore and junior seasons, Catholic Central High School won their conference and finished the season top 25 in the state of Michigan. Brooks currently stands at 6-foot-2 following his junior season.

Looking forward to the class of 2024

Brooks is ranked 13th among point guards in the nation and No. 1 in Michigan according to 247 sports composite rankings. Michigan landed another four-star guard back in 2021 when Christian Anderson announced his early commitment to the 2024 class. Brooks and Anderson now make up the 22nd-best recruiting class for 2024.

Michigan is also in a fantastic position to land five-star center John Bol from Wichita, Kansas. After the loss of Hunter Dickinson to the transfer portal, Michigan needs another center. Bol, who stands tall at 7-foot-1, would fit the bill perfectly and help round out a 2024 recruiting class that currently only consists of guards.

Michigan has also expressed interest in three other five-star recruits. Among them is Boogie Fland, a 6-foot-3 guard from White Plains, New York, who currently has Michigan atop his college list. Fland officially visited Ann Arbor on May 4th and is a big-time recruit to watch for the 2024 class.

Despite a disappointing previous season, the future of Michigan basketball is looking bright. The 2024 class now has two significant commitments, and the sky is the limit for Juwan Howard.



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Michigan Wolverines basketball recruiting closing in on top-30 recruit in 2024 class

The 2024 Michigan Wolverines basketball recruiting class is closing in on a major top 30 recruit: Amier Ali.

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Juwan Howard is hard at work assembling the next great Michigan Wolverines basketball recruiting class. Following a poor season in 2022-23, the Wolverines are looking to reload in the coming seasons and have already snagged some top talent via the transfer portal since the season ended. This week, four-star forward and top-30 composite recruit Amier Ali released his top-8, and Michigan basketball made the cut along with some elite company.

Michigan Wolverines basketball recruiting: Michigan in the running for elite 2024 prospect

Amier Ali is one of the top national recruits according to every major recruiting outlet. The 247 Sports Composite rankings list Amier Ali is a composite four-star forward and rank him as the No. 28 recruit nationally, the No. 8 small forward, and the No. 6 recruit in the state of Florida. He is a product of IMG Academy — one of the nation’s top athletic high schools — and has an impressive 6-foot-8, 175-pound frame. Ali has tons of national interest.

Ali released top-8

Earlier this week, Amier Ali released his final eight remaining schools, and Michigan basketball made the cut. In addition to the Wolverines, Ali is still considering Ohio State, Kentucky, Texas, Arizona State, Florida State, Alabama, and Arkansas. If Juwan Howard can add Ali to his Michigan Wolverines basketball recruiting class, he would be landing one of the best players in the nation that could be an immediate game-changer on the court.

How does the 2024 Michigan Wolverines basketball recruiting class look so far?

So far, Juwan Howard’s 2024 recruiting class ranks No. 21 in the nation per the 247 Sports Composite; it has one commit thus far: four-star point guard Cristian Anderson out of Atlanta, GA — Anderson is ranked as the No. 108 recruit in the class and the No. 14 point guard in the nation.



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