Michigan Wolverines news: Insider projects Jose Perez to Michigan basketball and more

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Michigan basketball is the favorite for Jose Perez via an insider, new national title odds, and more in our Michigan Wolverines news roundup. 

Fans of the Michigan Wolverines have been hoping that Michigan basketball would make another move or two in the transfer portal.

However, it’s been all quiet. That is until Wednesday when Jose Perez of West Virginia, who formerly played at Manhattan, Gardner-Webb, and Marquette, entered the transfer portal.

Perez is an interesting player. He sat out last season because he couldn’t get a waiver from the NCAA but was the MAAC Player of the Year in 2021-22 when he averaged 18.9 points per game.

The 6-foot-5 guard is exactly what the doctor ordered for Michigan basketball after the whole Caleb Love fiasco.

Perez isn’t Caleb Love and to be fair, he only averaged a few points per game in limited minutes when he played at Marquette. So I don’t expect him to be a 15-point per game scorer at Michigan basketball, even though that’s his career average.

Yet, the Michigan Wolverines would be getting a solid secondary creator. He’s had multiple seasons with more than 100 assists. That would take pressure off of Dug McDaniel and while Perez doesn’t have a great career percentage from 3-point range, he’s made 113 for his career. With Michigan basketball, he also wouldn’t need to be the high-usage player he was before.

Michigan basketball does need a high-usage player in the backcourt, but Perez wouldn’t be the only scoring option. He might not even be the No. 1 option for the Michigan Wolverines.

Juwan Howard’s team needs another scoring guard and Perez is probably the best hope of getting that done. Michigan baskeball is also in a very good spot according to college hoops insider Davis Moseley, who previously worked for 247 Sports at the Michigan Insider.

On Perez, Mosley told this exclusively to GBMWolverine:

“Michigan finds itself in a really nice spot for Jose Perez. They were one of the first teams to contact him when he entered the portal. From everything I’ve heard, I believe it’s safe to assume Michigan is the favorite to land the WVU transfer.”

Gonzaga and Oregon are also in the mix, along with Georgia Tech. But the way things are trending,  there will be some good news soon for Michigan basketball.

Michigan football ranked fourth in national title odds

There were some updated College Football Playoff national championship odds released this week and the Wolverines still have the fourth-best chance of winning it all according to the oddsmakers.

The Wolverines are trailing Georgia, Alabama, and Ohio State. Georgia is the heavy favorite at plus 200, while Alabama is +600 and Ohio State is +700. Michigan football is at +900.

Some Michigan Wolverines fans will get up in arms, but odds are like rankings — they really don’t matter especially prior to the season.

These odds are from BetMGM and if any Michigan football fans truly believe this is the year for the Michigan Wolverines to win it all for the first time since 1997, the odds might be in your favor.

Michigan Wolverines host another 4-star QB recruit

In other recruiting news for Michigan football, four-star quarterback Ryan Montgomery will join Akili Smith Jr. by taking an unofficial visit to the Michigan football recruiting BBQ at the end of the month.

This will be Montgomery’s ninth visit to Michigan football in total, which ties the Wolverines with Ohio State for the most times hosting the four-star quarterback out of Findlay, Ohio.

Michigan football fans are focused on Bryce Underwood, the No. 1 QB in the 2025 class out of Belleville, and rightfully so. He’s the top overall target in any recruiting class right now.

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But if the Michigan Wolverines happen to miss on Underwood, it’s good to know there are some quality options farther down the board.