Michigan basketball back in contention for 2025 five-star recruit

Michigan basketball head coach Dusty May has the Wolverines back in the mix with five-star talent Darryn Peterson.
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Michigan basketball recruiting hasn't been all that exciting over the past year but that's about to change under head coach Dusty May.

It already has as the Wolverines landed one of the top classes in the transfer portal. It's a haul that should allow Michigan basketball to contend in the Big Ten conference, as well as giving them a shot to make the NCAA tournament after missing the past two seasons.

However, it was clear in his opening press conference that May believes in high school recruiting. Recruiting and development was how he built FAU into a Final Four team. He did land Vlad Goldin in the transfer portal at FAU, from Texas Tech, but the other stars were recruited and developed by Dusty.

That's the path to winning big at Michigan. You don't have to land a bunch of five-star recruits to win championships. Look at the John Beilein era. It helps to get uber-talented players no doubt, but coaching and development are key.

Michigan in the mix for a 5-star

That being said, May has Michigan basketball back in the mix with a 2025 five-star prospect and that's Darryn Peterson, who is ranked No. 3 overall according to the 247 Sports composite rankings. The 6-foot-5 guard from Huntington, West Virginia, was originally from Ohio. He also wants to play point guard in college according to Davis Moseley of 247 Sports, who also reported on how Michigan basketball has made itself a contender again thanks to May.

"Michigan called us to re-introduce themselves," Darryl Peterson (Darryn's father) said to Moseley. "We were always excited about Juwan, back then it wasn't as much about Michigan as it was Juwan. With the new staff, it's all about building that back up. We have watched (Dusty) for a while now and we see that the style fits what Darryn does. (Michigan) wants him with the ball in his hands at the point."

May loves having different guards on the floor who can essentailly play point guard. The starting lineup this season should feature three guards who averaged three assists (or close) last season in Rubin Jones, Trey Donaldson, and Roddy Gayle. May wants multiple playmakers on the floor at all times and it would make Peterson a perfect fit.

Peterson released a top eight list and Michigan basketball was on it. However, he has re-opened his recruitment and Michigan is one school expected to get a visit, according to what Peterson's dad told Moseley.


That would be a great sign and even though Michigan might not necessarily need five-star recruits to win, landing a player ranked No. 3 overall can't hurt.