Michigan basketball is projected to get Wake Forest transfer Chaundee Brown, who could be a key addition going forward for the Wolverines.
For the second week in a row, there is some positive news for Michigan basketball in terms of transfers. Last week, the Wolverines landed former Purdue guard Nojel Eastern and Monday, recruiting experts have started to predict that U-M will also get Chaundee Brown.
Brown, like Eastern, is a traditional transfer in the portal right now and he would most likely be a guy who sits a year to play a year. He comes from Wake Forest, where head coach Danny Manning was recently fired.
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As we learned with Josh Christopher, until the ink is dry, crystal ball picks aren’t a sure thing. However, there were positive signs with Brown from the start, including the fact that he revised his list to include the Wolverines.
Like Eastern, Brown could be eligible to play right away if he received a waiver but either way, he could be a valuable addition. In his career with the Deamon Deacons, he started 73 games and last season, he averaged 12.1 points and 6.5 rebounds.
If Brown doesn’t play this season, it might actually work out better for the Wolverines because it would give them some experience in the backcourt along with Zeb Jackson. Eastern could be on the team in 2021-22 too, but you get the feeling he will push to play next season, especially if Brown ends up committing.
That would also seem to put Michigan basketball out of the running for Jalen Coleman-Lands, because unless Isaiah Livers stays in the NBA draft, the Wolverines would be at their full scholarship allotment.
While things haven’t gone as expected for Juwan Howard and Michigan this offseason, getting Brown, a career 32 percent 3-point shooter would be huge. And even if both Brown and Eastern are forced to sit a year, that would give the Wolverines a trio of Jackson, Eastern and Brown to start with the following season.
That group along with Brandon Johns, Hunter Dickinson, Terrance Williams and Jace Howard, as well as the 2021 recruiting class, could be really difficult to deal with, especially in the 2020 class can churn out multiple starters in Dickinson, Jackson and Williams.
The bottom line is that both Eastern and Brown can help the Wolverines right away or in the 2021-22 season and that’s why both additions are genius if they become final.