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Michigan basketball lands ESPN five-star Alabama guard from transfer portal

The Wolverines got a lot better on Thursday morning.



Michigan basketball, ESPN five-star guard, Nimari Burnett
Mar 10, 2023; Nashville, TN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide Nimari Burnett (25) holds the ball against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the second half at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Some incredible news came Michigan’s way from the transfer portal today, as an elite talent will be joining Juwan Howard’s roster next season. Former ESPN five-star guard Nimari Burnett from the Alabama Crimson Tide has officially committed to play for the Michigan basketball team.

ESPN Five-star guard Nimari Burnett commits to Michigan basketball

The Michigan basketball team had a disappointing season in 2022-23, though today, the future got much brighter for the Wolverines. Former ESPN five-star guard Nimari Burnett — who averaged around 15 minutes per game and shot close to 37% from the floor — will be joining the Wolverines’ roster next winter. As a high school recruit, Nimari Burnett was an ESPN five-star guard with high-level scoring ability and a solid 6-foot-4, 190-pound frame to match.

Nimari Burnett was ranked as the No. 22 player nationally, the No. 4 shooting guard, and the No. 1 player in Illinois by ESPN. As a McDonald’s All-American he was heavily recruited by Juwan Howard out of high school, but passed on the opportunity to pursue a college career with Texas Tech before transferring to the Alabama Crimson Tide. Some injury issues have limited him in the past, though he still started nine games for Alabama a season ago and is a huge pickup for Michigan basketball.

“Michigan is the best place for me to thrive, offensively and defensively,” Burnett said to On3. “I’ve known coach Juwan Howard for a long time now, ever since I was a kid. I’ve always had a good relationship with him and I just felt it was the best place for me to be.”

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