3 thoughts on commitment of Justin Pippen to Michigan basketball

Michigan basketball landed its first commitment under head coach Dusty May and here are three thoughts on Justin Pippen.
Dec 2, 2023; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Sierra Canyon guard Justin Pippen (1) against Desert Mountain
Dec 2, 2023; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Sierra Canyon guard Justin Pippen (1) against Desert Mountain / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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It's taken maybe a little longer than expected but new Michigan basketball head coach Dusty May has his first commitment as Justin Pippen, the 2024 four-star combo guard announced his commitment to the Wolverines on Friday.

Pippen is the son of NBA legend Scottie Pippen. He's got great bloodlines and is one of the fastest-rising prospects in the 2024 class. Pippen is 6-foot-3 and ranked No. 101 overall according to the 247 Sports composite rankings.

However, he's ranked No. 62 by 247 Sports. All of the rankings have been going up. Rivals just upgraded him to a four-star and now, he jumped 38 spots just this week. Here's his scouting report from Travis Branham of 247 Sports:

"Pippen is a dynamic combo guard that has bloomed late in his high school career, much like his brother and father. He's grown nearly two inches in the last eight months while also continuing to improve and expand his skillset as both a scorer and playmaker. Pippen is a naturally talented guard with good instincts for the game. He is very comfortable with the ball in his hands to score from all three levels and also set the tables for those around him. As he continues to grow and fill out his frame, Pippen can become a highly impactful high-major guard, much like his brother did at Vanderbilt before him."

Here are three thoughts on Pippen's commitment to Michigan basketball.

Putting one up on the board

Just like in sales, with recruiting, it's good to make it official and get one on the board. May did that with Pippen on Thursday. The Wolverines have been trending for a number of transfer portal prospects, but Pippen is a multi-year guy who could have a huge role down the road.

Pippen isn't the big-name transfer that some Michigan basketball fans are hoping for. He's also probably not going to have a huge impact next season. This is about the future, more than anything, but this brings momentum on the recruiting trail one way or another.