Michigan Wolverines news: Justin Pippen commitment day, transfer QBs to consider

Michigan basketball could be landing its first commitment under Dusty May in Justin Pippen, plus more Michigan Wolverines news.
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

The commitment drought for the Michigan Wolverines in football and basketball is likely going to end on Friday as Michigan basketball is expected to land Justin Pippen, the son of NBA legend Scottie Pippen.

The 6-foot-3 combo guard has been one of the fastest risers in the 2024 class. He got a slew of offers in February including from Georgia Tech, Stanford, and Texas A&M. Yet, a visit to Michigan basketball last weekend was followed by a bunch of expert projections in favor of the Wolveriners.

Pippen would be a vital piece for head coach Dusty May. He's ranked 62nd overall by 247 sports and also as a top-10 como guard. He is ranked outside the top 100 in the composite rankings, but that's because ESPN doesn't even have him ranked. Rivals and 247 Sports both have him in the top 76.

Here's what Jamie Shaw of On3.com said about the rise of Pippen lately:

“Pippen is a late bloomer, having grown a few inches over the last year. He was a focal point of his high school’s offense for the first time this season and proved up to the task at Sierra Canyon/CA. Pippen’s game continues to improve and he is on a clear upward trajectory. He has defensive upside, guarding on and off the ball with purpose. He is the son of NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen.”

Pippen will announce his commitment at 4:30 PM EST.

New transfer portal quarterbacks

Over the past few days, a couple of notable quarterbacks have entered the transfer portal. Jaden Rashada, a former five-star quarterback and Elite 11 passer, entered the mix on Thursday.

The former Arizona State quarterback was once committed to Miami and signed with Florida. Yet, he didn't play much last season and struggled when he did, completing 53 percent of his passes. He had four touchdowns compared to three interceptions and a QBR of 23.

Cooper Legas of Utah State also became available. He's got 32 career touchdown passes and has passed for over 3,200 yards. However, I don't see him being a huge upgrade over Jack Tuttle, a former four-star recruit who has started Big Ten games. He was 15-of-17 last season too and paired with Alex Orji's running ability, Michigan football would be just fine.


That's my assessment anyway. At the very least, neither Rashada or Legas feel like an upgrade.