Michigan Basketball lands commitment from 4-star big man

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2022 four-star center Tarris Reed became the second member of Michigan basketball’s class on Thursday when he made his pledge to the Wolverines.

Juwan Howard continued his recruiting dominance on Thursday when 2022 big man Tarris Reed chose Michigan basketball over a slew of other Big Ten schools including Michigan State, Ohio State, and Purdue.

The Wolverines offered Reed back in April and had been gaining momentum ever since until he ultimately decided to commit.

According to 247Sports, Juwan Howard led the way in this recruitment, and Reed cited his relationship with Howard as one of the main reasons he chose Michigan.

The 6-foot-9 230-pound center is ranked 71st overall in the class of 2022 and is the 14th ranked player at his position.

Don’t let the rankings fool you, however, as Reed is coming off an incredibly efficient Peach Jam, and is expected to receive a major bump when the new rankings come out.  In the first week of the Peach Jam event, Reed averaged 13.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

Reed is a tremendous rim protector on the defensive end, and is efficient on the offensive end, both in the paint and from midrange.  The center is not known as a 3-point shooter but can hit one or two when his team needs.

With the commitment of Reed, Michigan’s 2022 recruiting class now ranks in the top 15, with Reed in the fold, along with four-star point guard Dug McDaniel.  The focus now turns to finding one or two more prospects to complete the 2022 recruiting class.

Jett Howard, who is the son of Juwan Howard, is the first name that comes to mind.  This has been assumed for quite a while now, but Michigan basketball is the obvious leader in this recruitment, and the younger Howard brother shouldn’t have to think twice about this decision.

What other school can offer a literal family atmosphere, along with the ability to compete for conference and national championships.  No other school can provide what Michigan can, and I fully expect Jett Howard to join his father and brother in Ann Arbor.

It will be interesting to see how many recruits Coach Howard and the staff take as a part of the 2022 class, due to the fact that there were six additions in the 2021 class.

Not only did Michigan have a rather big class in 2021, but with the way college basketball is trending with the transfer portal being more popular than ever, it’s very possible that Juwan could be content with just three players in the class of 2022 and look to the transfer portal for one or two more experienced options.

We all saw how the transfer portal benefited the team with Mike Smith and Chaundee Brown last season, and now, Coastal Carolina transfer DeVante Jones will have very high expectations as well.

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I could see Juwan Howard taking McDaniel, Reed, and Howard this cycle, and looking to the transfer portal for a fourth player.