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Michigan Basketball Loses Top Recruit To Kansas

It leaves the incoming class with just one player. 

June 12, 2019 - 3:36 pm

About a month after requesting his release from Michigan following the sudden departure of John Beilein, top-50 recruit Jalen Wilson announced on Wednesday he's going to Kansas. 

He chose the Jawhawks over Michigan and North Carolina. 

A 6'8 small forward from Texas, Wilson ranks No. 47 in the 2019 recruiting class, according to 247 Sports. He put up 18.1 points and 7.5 rebounds per game as a senior. 

For Michigan, it's a tough loss. Wilson would have been one of the highest-rated recruits in program history. Without him, first-year head coach Juwan Howard is left with just one incoming recruit in four-star forward Cole Bajema. 

But the Wolverines probably saw this coming. Wilson was recruited primarily by Luke Yaklich, who took a job with Texas after Beilein left for the NBA. 

There's still plenty of reason to believe Howard, given his NBA background, will do well as a recruiter.

For what it's worth, one former Wolverine supported Wilson's decision. 

Michigan now has three scholarships open for next season. It also has offers out to a number of high-profile recruits in the class of 2020, including two five-stars in center Walker Kessler and guard Nimari Burnett.