Michigan basketball landed its first commitment of the 2021 class in Isaiah Barnes and here are three takeaways.
For Michigan basketball and four-star wing Isaiah Barnes, things moved quickly. The Wolverines offered him a little over a month ago, but soon after crystal ball picks started trending for U-M, Barnes announced on Twitter that he was committed, 110 percent.
It’s the first commitment of the 2021 recruiting class and a nice win for Juwan Howard and Michigan basketball. Barnes is a consensus four-star prospect and ranks 106th according to the 247 sports composite rankings, as well as 86th in the 247 sports specific rankings. Rivals has him as a four star too.
For a scouting report on Barnes, here’s Dylan Burkhardt of UMHoops ($):
Barnes is a long and athletic wing who projects to be able to play multiple perimeter positions — primarily the three and two — at the next level. He’s known for having a streaky jump shot, and his consistency is critiqued fairly regularly, but his ability to rise and shoot over smaller defenders makes him a valuable offensive weapon. At the college level, he projects as a wing who can serve in a three-and-D role and slide into a secondary creator role. He isn’t afraid to get downhill and attack the rim off of a couple of strong dribbles, or in transition, but his offensive game is predicated on his pull-up jump shot.
For more of an in-depth breakdown of Barnes’s game, we have much more here. But, also, let’s take a look at what this commitment means in the bigger picture with key takeaways.