Michigan Basketball: Can Wolverines still add to 2021 recruiting class?

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Michigan basketball currently has the top ranked 2021 recruiting class in the country. They already have six guys committed and seemingly are out of scholarships. But is there a chance they can still add to this class?

What isn’t going right for Michigan basketball right now? The Wolverines are undefeated and have one of the best teams in all of college basketball. And, the future looks very bright too as they currently have the best recruiting class in the country.

If you don’t follow recruiting very closely, Juwan Howard killed it with his 2021 class. It’s a perfect mixture of 3-4 year players and one and done candidates. Here are all six members of the class along with their 247Sports Composite Ranking:

  1. Caleb Houstan: 5-star, 8th overall
  2. Moussa Diabate: 5-star, 20th overall
  3. Kobe Bufkin: 4-star 46th overall
  4. Frankie Collins: 4-star 54th overall
  5. Isaiah Barnes: 4-star, 105th overall
  6. Will Tschetter: 3-star, 143rd overall

This class has elite shooting, elite athleticism, and two really good guards in Bufkin and Collins. To understand if Michigan basketball still might actually add to this 2021 class, you have to first understand the scholarship situation.

Covid-19 will create some leeway with scholarships, but I expect most coaches to follow their initial pre-Covid plan and I don’t foresee many seniors coming back for an additional year.

As we sit right now, with this six man class, Michigan basketball has all 13 scholarships full for next season. However, that is assuming that Franz Wagner will return for his junior season and they will not lose anybody to a transfer. Both of those things seem unlikely so Juwan Howard does have wiggle room if he wants to add one more guy to the class.

But who could that guy be? I don’t think Juwan will add a 7th member to the 2021 class unless it is a special player. So, in my opinion, only two remaining Michigan targets fit that criteria, Chet Holmgren and Efton Reid. Let’s start with Reid.

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