Michigan basketball was named as a finalist for five-star recruits Boogie Fland and Flory Bidunga. But do the Wolverines have a realistic shot with either?
Michigan basketball already has two verbal commitments in the 2024 class, but the Wolverines were also included in the cut lists of two five-star prospects on Monday.
One of those is five-star point Boogie Fland, who included the Wolverines in his top eight along with a number of other big-name schools such as Kentucky, Alabama, North Carolina, Indiana, UConn, as well as Maryland, St. John’s, and Michigan.
Fland is ranked as the No. 8 prospect overall in the 2024 class via the 247 Sports composite rankings. He’s also ranked as the second-best combo guard. The Wolverines already have a couple of guards committed in the 2024 class, but the 6-foot-3, 165-pound Fland is incredibly talented.
Fland has also taken an official visit to Michigan basketball already. We’ll see if the Wolverines can get him on campus again this fall during a football game, but it feels like they are at least a serious contender. The On3 prediction machine gives U-M a slight edge right now.
Where does Michigan basketball stand with Flory Bidunga?
In terms of the five-star center Bidunga, Michigan basketball is also a serious contender and that’s evidenced by the fact that just four teams are still involved as Duke, Kansas, and Auburn also made the top four along with the Wolverines.
At 6-foot-8, 215 pounds, Bidunga is the top-ranked center and No. 4 overall prospect. He also took a visit to Michigan basketball this summer and there was even talk of him re-classifying to 2023.
That doesn’t appear likely now. But Juwan Howard has always had a way with recruiting big men and it wouldn’t shock me if the Wolverines were able to land Bidunga in the end.
That’s if they can be competitive in the NIL sphere, which has been a question mark at times. Things have gotten better but both of these five-star recruits will be another test of where the Wolverines stand with NIL, because it will take a strong NIL plan to land five-star talent.