Michigan basketball in contact with 5-star Liam McNeeley, plus more Wolverines news

New Michigan basketball head coach Dusty May has contacted five-star Liam McNeeley, plus more in our Michigan Wolverines news roundup.
U-M's new men's basketball head coach Dusty May shakes hands with head football coach Sherrone Moore
U-M's new men's basketball head coach Dusty May shakes hands with head football coach Sherrone Moore / Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK

Friday was a busy day for the Michigan Wolverines. There was a new assistant coach hired by Sherrone Moore and the Michigan football team, plus another whirlwind day of recruiting news for Michigan basketball and Dusty May.

May has been in touch with a number of transfer portal targets, but it was reported by Paul Blancardi that he's also been in contact with five-star Liam McNeeley in the 2024 class. McNeeley was an Indiana commitment until recently.

McNeeley is still considering the Hoosiers along with Kansas, UConn, and a bunch of blue bloods. However, McNeeley said that May's first recruiting call as Michigan basketball coach was to him, which was special in his words. So maybe the Wolverines have a shot. Kansas has been trending as the crystal ball favorite though. The 6-foot-7 forward is ranked 15th overall in the 2024 class according to the 247 Sports composite rankings.

May and the Michigan Wolverines have also been in contact with Louisville transfer Mike James. The 6-foot-6 guard averaged 12 points a game last season for Louisville. He shot 34 percent from 3-point range and 35 percent as a freshman. He made 1.1 3-pointers per game each season, which would make him a fit for what Dusty May wants to do.

A showdown with Sparty on ice

If you missed it, the Michigan hockey team rallied from a 2-1 deficit to knock off fifth-ranked North Dakota in the regional semifinals of the NCAA hockey tournament. Dylan Duke scored twice in the third period for the Michigan Wolverines who will aim for their third straight trip to the Frozen Four on Sunday.


The opponent will be Michigan State in a rematch of last weekend's Big Ten title game, which was won by the Spartans, 5-4, in overtime. The puck will drop at 6:30 PM EST on ESPN2.