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Michigan basketball transfer portal class leaps into top-2 nationally

The Wolverines are assembling an elite 2023 transfer portal class



Michigan basketball transfer portal
Dec 21, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard Caleb Love (2) handles the ball against Michigan Wolverines guard Jett Howard (13) during the first half at the Jumpman Classic at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Last season was not kind to Juwan Howard’s Wolverines, who eventually stumbled their way through an underwhelming campaign to a second-round NIT exit at Vanderbilt. Since the 2022-23 season came to a close, there has been a lot of Michigan basketball transfer portal news, including a few key additions and Hunter Dickinson leaving. The Wolverines’ class ranks among the nation’s best transfer classes after Easter weekend.

Michigan basketball transfer portal class jumps into the top-2 nationally

Since hitting the transfer portal, Michigan basketball has landed three high-level transfers heading into arguably the most important season of Juwan Howard’s tenure in Ann Arbor. All three new Wolverines were highly-ranked high school recruits and had a good amount of college experience. These new additions are a significant influx of talent for Michigan and should all make an immediate impact next season.

Michigan’s 2023 transfer portal recruiting class ranks No. 2 in the country and No. 1 in the Big Ten right now according to 247 Sports. The Wolverines are only second to West Virginia, who is barely ahead of Michigan in the standings (by about one point).

Nimari Burnett

Michigan started its new transfer portal class by adding former five-star guard Nimari Burnett from Alabama. Burnett is rated as a three-star transfer portal commit by 247 Sports — he stands at 6-foot-4 and weighs around 190 pounds; he initially committed to Texas Tech before heading to Alabama and now making a stop in Ann Arbor.

Caleb Love

The second new addition to the 2023-24 Michigan basketball roster is former five-star guard Caleb Love from North Carolina. Love was ranked as the No. 2 point guard and No. 14 player in the country for the 2020 recruiting class and is heading to Michigan as a four-star transfer. He was an impact player with the Tar Heels and should be one of the best guards in the Big Ten right off the bat.

Tray Jackson

Tray Jackson, an experienced power forward who has seen action with Missouri and Seton Hall so far, is coming to Michigan to fill the Wolverines’ need at forward. Jackson stands at 6-foot-10 and weighs over 210 pounds — out of high school, he was ranked as a top 15 power forward in the class of 2019 and rated as a four-star recruit. Despite not reaching his full potential thus far, he should make a great addition to Howard’s new-look Michigan Wolverines next winter.

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