Michigan Basketball: Analyzing offer to PG Jaden Akins, other visitors

Michigan basketball hosted a number of recruiting visits this past weekend and also offered an in-state point guard for 2021. Here’s the breakdown.

If you are still basking in the glow of Michigan basketball‘s win over Michigan State Saturday, you aren’t alone. It was the highlight of a great weekend for the Wolverines and the disgruntled Tom Izzo presser only made it even sweeter.

But the win over Michigan State wasn’t the only news over the weekend for Michigan basketball as the Wolverines hosted a number of recruits ($) for the game, which probably turned out to be a good move, especially with how well the Wolverines played and how electric the atmosphere was.

Of course, the official visit from 2020 five-star Greg Brown was the big news for Michigan basketball fans, as the Wolverines try to make more headway, but another offer went out ($) over the weekend and that was to 2021 point guard Jaden Akins.

Akins is from Farmington and while he’s not ranked really high nationally, he is the No. 2 player in the state of Michigan for 2021 and the No. 18 point guard.

The 6-foot-3 point guard has also been offered by Michigan State, which holds his only crystal ball right now, as well as Iowa, Mississippi State, Missouri, Georgia Tech and Xavier.

Plus, we all know that rankings change. Also, when it comes to players that aren’t the super elite prospects like Isaiah Todd and Brown, there is more hit and miss and guys seem to slip through the cracks.

And point guard is a position where Michigan basketball could use some more depth in the future. Zeb Jackson is a key addition and he could take over that role for the future, but also landing a top in-state kid is always a top priority.

Additionally, Howard has a bunch of other legit recruits visiting such as Kennedy Chandler, Kobe Bufin, Jace Howard, Hunter Dickinson and 2022 forward from Texas by the name of Colin Smith.

According to The Michigan Insider ($), which reported the visits, Smith is viewed as one of the top players in the state of Texas for 2022, so the Wolverines are putting some work early, which could really pay dividends with the 6-foot-7 Smith.

Smith already has offers from Baylor, Kansas, Georgetown, TCU and Oklahoma State among others, so jumping in early, seems like a good idea.

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Right now, as the on-court product improves, Michigan basketball is killing it in recruiting and with more results like last Saturday against the Spartans, that should continue.

 

 

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