Michigan Wolverines news: A delay with Jacob Smith, summer league updates, and more

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Michigan football might have something to worry about with Jacob Smith as he delayed his decision plus more in our Michigan Wolverines news roundup. 

Michigan football fans were supposed to be celebrating a commitment from four-star EDGE Jacob Smith but it was reported on Wednesday that there was a delay.

Smith told multiple reporters that he would be delaying his decision announcement which was supposed to be announced on the 247 Sports Youtube Channel.

It’s kind of a strange development, but as we have always said, anything can happen in recruiting. Michigan football received a couple of crystal ball projections earlier on Wednesday, including one from Steve Wiltfong of 247 Sports.

Everything seemed to be trending in the right direction. Now you have to wonder if Smith is thinking more about Nebraska, the other team that seems to be a serious contender.

Jacob Smith’s twin brother, Jerod Smith, is already committed to the Michigan Wolverines, so Michigan football does have that going for it.

But anytime your team is the leader for a recruit and he delays a decision at the last minute, it’s never a good thing. If a decision still comes relatively soon, I still think this will go Michigan’s way but the longer it goes, the more concerned I will get.

That’s why you never say never in recruiting.

Michigan football selects its Big Ten Media Days representatives

Another news item for the Michigan Wolverines on Wednesday was the selection of the Big Ten Media Day attendees.

Blake Corum will be taking the trip to Indianapolis along with Kris Jenkins and Mike Sainristil. This is a Michigan football team loaded with a ton of incredible leaders so this was a tough choice.


I can’t argue with any of those selections. I wouldn’t have objected to J.J. McCarthy taking the trip but if you think about who he would replace, you can understand why Harbaugh went with three seniors.

Michigan basketball summer league update

The Michigan Wolverines have a bunch of guys playing in the NBA summer league. However, I’m focused on Jett Howard and Kobe Bufkin for the most part.

Both former Michigan basketball players have now played three summer league games. Jett Howard put together the best performance on Wednesday night as he scored 10 points in the opening quarter for the Magic and wound up with 22 points total.

It’s hard to take too much from the Summer League but Howard is shooting 40 percent from 3-point range and was 4-of-8 on Wednesday. He’s averaging 13.3 points per game along with three bounds per game and 3.3 assists.

Howard’s game is built for the NBA. It’s not surprising to see him develop more as a playmaker. With his mid-range shooting ability, he’s a perfect player to use in ball-screen sets and his shooting ability was on full display on Wednesday night.

Bufkin has struggled a little more in his three-game debut with the Hawks. He scored 17 points on Sunday and 13 in his most recent outing but Kobe hasn’t shot better than 31 percent in any game.

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Bufkin is shooting 28.3 percent overall and 19 percent from 3-point range. I’m sure he will get things figured out. Plus, it’s summer league, there is no need to overreact.