Michigan Wolverines news: 5-star transfer pursuits, Jordan Poole goes off, and more

Mar 8, 2023; Greensboro, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard Caleb Love (2) reacts in the first half of the second round at Greensboro Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 8, 2023; Greensboro, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard Caleb Love (2) reacts in the first half of the second round at Greensboro Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports /

Michigan basketball is after some former five-star recruits in the transfer portal, Jordan Poole goes off and more in our Michigan Wolverines news roundup. 

Following the departures of Hunter Dickinson, Kobe Bufkin, and Jett Howard, Michigan basketball needs an influx of talent and that’s where the transfer portal comes in.

The Michigan Wolverines have been active and have already landed the commitment of former top-40 recruit Nimari Burnett. But there is still a lot of work to do and on Tuesday, a target emerged as Michigan basketball has been in contact with Caleb Love.

Love is the former North Carolina guard who is most known for his game-winning shot in the Final Four against Duke which sent the Tar Heels to the 2022 national title game.

Love is a 6-foot-4 combo guard and personally, I think he would be a great fit for the Wolverines. He’s a high-usage player and a high-volume shooter. He can take some bad shots at times, but he would certainly fill the shotmaking and playmaking void on the Michigan basketball roster.

The only problem is that Love, who is from St. Louis, seems to be trending toward Missouri. We’ll see if Michigan basketball can change his mind. Juwan Howard has a lot to offer in terms of the kind of role Love would have and also his ability to develop guys for the NBA.

The Michigan Wolverines haven’t won as much as they would have liked over the past two seasons, but the 2022 NBA draft featured two Wolverines and so will the 2023 NBA draft.

Once Jett and Bufkin get picked, that wil be six Michigan basketball in the past three drafts. That and maybe some sort of NIL deal could sway Love to come to Ann Arbor.

We shall see.

Another player in the transfer portal I’d love to see Michigan basketball pursue is Harrison Ingram. He was a former top target and went to Stanford.

The former McDonald’s All-American is a 6-foot-8 forward who averaged 10.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 3.4 assists during his two seasons with Stanford.

Ingram does a lot of things well, including playmaking. He would add some length and could potentially start at the three or four for the Michigan Wolverines. We’ll see if U-M reaches out, but it makes perfect sense to me.

In a last bit of transfer portal news, one name to remove from the board is B.J. Mack. The Michigan Wolverines didn’t make his top five, which was released on Tuesday.

More Michigan Wolverines news

  • Former Michigan basketball player Jordan Poole scored 18 points in the fourth quarter for the Golden State Warriors as they rallied to beat Oklahoma City and move into the fifth position in NBA’s Western Conference. Poole made five 3-pointers in the win and scored a total of 30 points.
  • The Michigan Wolverines could be landing another commitment in football on Friday as four-star offensive tackle Andrew Sprague announced that he would be making his commitment known that day. Michigan football is the heavy favorite right now. Michigan also made the top five for in-state defensive lineman Brandon Davis-Swain in the 2024 class.
  • Michigan baseball knocked off Western Michigan by a score of 12-5 on Tuesday thanks in part to a seven-run eighth inning which featured home runs from Mitch Voit and Ted Burton. Boit actually had two at-bats in the inning. His second resulted in a groundout RBI. Tito Flores also went yard as U-M improved to 16-12 on the season. The Wolverines will host Nebraska for a three-game set starting on Friday in Ann Arbor.

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