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Michigan recruiting: Juwan Howard targeting major ESPN 5-star forward

Juwan Howard is going after a major recruit right now.



Michigan basketball. ESPN5-star VJ Edgecombe

Juwan Howard is coming off the heels of the Wolverines’ worst season in over a decade and needs to get his program back on track to where it was two years ago when he won the Big Ten title. Yesterday, it was reported that Michigan basketball recruiting has a brand new target in mind: ESPN 5-star VJ Edgecombe, a major recruit out of Long Island. This could be a huge get for the Wolverines, who are looking to reload in the coming years to avoid the meltdown that we saw in 2022-23.

Michigan basketball is targeting ESPN 5-star VJ Edgecombe out of Long Island

According to the 247 Sports Composite, VJ Edgecombe is a 4-star small forward out of Long Island Lutheran High School. According to the famed ESPN 300, VJ Edgecombe is an ESPN 5-star forward and is ranked as the No. 5 forward in the nation.

VJ Edgecombe carries an impressive 6-foot-6, 185-pound frame and the talent to match, hence why he has heard from a long list of schools. That being said, Michigan basketball has already offered the 2024 star forward and is pursuing him, according to 24/7 High School Hoops.

Thus far in the 2024 recruiting class, Michigan basketball only has one commit: 4-star Christian Anderson out of Atlanta, GA. Adding a major 5-star forward like VJ Edgecombe would be massive for Juwan Howard’s recruiting efforts and could kickstart more momentum on the recruiting trail and beyond for the Wolverines as they enter the 2023-24 season this winter.

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