Breaking down commitment of Lorenzo Cason to Michigan basketball

Michigan basketball landed another commitment on Tuesday, this time from 2024 guard Lorenzo Cason and here are some thoughts.
U-M's new men's basketball head coach Dusty May answers a question next to athletic director Warde
U-M's new men's basketball head coach Dusty May answers a question next to athletic director Warde / Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK

The drip, drip, drip of commitments continued on Tuesday for Michigan basketball as the Wolverines landed a second 2024 commitment under Dusty May.

While May has landed five transfer portal targets since last Friday, he's also made two additions from the 2024 class. The first was Justin Pippen, the son of NBA legend, Scottie Pippen. On Tuesday, Lorenzo Cason, who visited Michigan and Florida since being released from his letter of intent by FAU, committed to the Wolverines.

Cason isn't highly-ranked. He didn't play on any of the major shoe circuits, but is a dynamic scoring three-star guard, who averaged 27 ppg in two of his last three seasons. He even had a 51-point game last December.

May was all over Cason at FAU. Florida, Florida State, and Seton Hall also showed interest, but the Owls were able to land his commitment. The fact that May wants to take him from FAU to the Big Ten shows how much he believes in Cason's game.

Breaking down what Lorenzo Cason means for Michigan basketball

Cason is underranked. There's no question about that when you watch his highlights. May has had a history of discovering underrated players and this feels like another.

Cason shot better than 40 percent from the 3-point line the past two seasons and shows a knack for scoring around the bucket. He also averaged over six assists, meaning he can be a true point guard, even if he's more of a scoring point guard.

While it might be tough for Cason to earn minutes next season, I wouldn't rule it out. Justin Pippen and Cason could both earn minutes next season, but they complement each other well. Pippen is a true combo guard, while Cason is more of a ball-dominant scorer. You also have Durral Brooks and if May is determined to use a three-guard lineup, there is a path for all three to start in the future.

Michigan basketball at least has three freshman guards to develop. Juwan Howard's roster was always light on guards, which won't be the case for May. You have to like the way he's added Danny Wolf, Roddy Gayle, Tre Donaldson, and Sam Walters. All four of those guys have at least two years of eligibility remaining.

Rubin Jones is a graduate transfer and Vlad Goldin is too. It also feels like seniors Jace Howard and Nimari Burnett will be sticking around, along with Will Tschetter and rising sophomore George Washington III.


That's a great mix of players who fit well together. May said the roster was "almost complete" in a podcast with Jon Rothstein. He also said that the Wolverines would be "extremely competitive" and as long as they get Vlad Goldin as expected, that will be 100 percent true.