3 thoughts on George Washington III’s commitment to Michigan Basketball

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George Washington III’s commitment is a big one for Michigan basketball and here are some takeaways on another 2023 pledge for the Wolverines. 

Juwan Howard and the Wolverines are starting to heat up on the recruiting trail as four-star guard George Washington III announced his commitment to Michigan basketball on Monday.

It was something that was expected. Washington III, who is ranked 76th overall according to the 247 sports composite rankings, announced last week he was going to commit on Nov. 1 after taking recent visits to Michigan and Wake Forest.

Expert projections started to come in, although only a couple. However, Washington III made it official with his announcement on Monday, giving the Wolverines their second 2023 pledge in the last couple of weeks (Papa Kante was the other).

“I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play for someone like Juwan Howard,” Washington III said to Dushawn London. Overall, the former Ohio State pledge seems like a great fit for Michigan basketball, and here are some instant takeaways.

Don’t call him a point guard

Washington III is 6-foot-2 and some of his scouting reports call him an offensive-minded lead guard. However, Dylan Burkhardt of UMHoops.com has probably done a deeper dive than the national sites, and here’s what he said about Washington’s commitment:

"“Washington is a pure shooting guard. Not a combo guard, not a wing, but a shooting guard. He shoots threes, he shoots a lot of them, and he’s one of the better shooters in the class.”"

Washington does say that one of his best attributes is ball handling and he’s been a lead guard before, so he could help in a pinch, but his best position seems to be at the two.

And since the Wolverines have been a little short on shooters in recent years, adding one of the best in the 2023 classes is a really good move for Juwan Howard — more on that next.