John Beilein has had an exciting offseason after leading the Wolverines to the brink of a National Championship. And things just got even more exciting as Beilein has added another top-100 wing commit to the 2019 basketball recruiting class as Lynden Christian (WA) F Cole Bajema has committed to Michigan.
Go Blue! pic.twitter.com/FrIBfJ2h8z
— Cole Bajema (@colebajema22) August 4, 2018
Bajema is a long, smooth wing that looks like he could be a perfect fit at the small forward position in Beilein’s offense. His ability to shoot from deep draws in defenders and allows him to attack the hoop, similar to Caris LeVert. Like the now Brooklyn Net, Cole has a ways to go physically to compete at the Big Ten level but with Jon Sanderson there to lead the way, I like his chances of putting on the right size and contributing fairly early on in his career.
After missing on DJ Carton, it looked like Michigan would target a point guard for the second spot in this class but the staff couldn’t pass up the chance at adding another versatile forward in Bajema to the fold.
According to 247Sports’ Josh Henscke, the rising recruit has had a huge summer thanks to his AAU play but really caught the Michigan staff’s eye when they were able to evaluate him in-person at their annual summer camp ($). Though he landed offers from the in-state Huskies and from Virginia, he had one team on his mind. Michigan was his dream school so as soon as he received his offer, he committed. becoming the second commitment of the class alongside top-40 SF Jalen Wilson.
- Height: 6’7”
- Weight: 175lbs
- Hometown (School): Lynden, WA (Lynden Christian)
- Notable Offers: Virginia, Washington, Pepperdine, Oregon State
- Rankings: Rivals (3*) – 247Sports (4*, #61 overall) – ESPN (N/A)
- Composite Ranking: N/A
As for the Rest of the Class
Bajema is the 2nd commitment of the class and the second wing commit in the class. With his addition, the scholarship numbers are extremely tight. Michigan will need attrition or NBA departures already so it’s unclear if the staff will still be going after a point guard in 2019. If the staff finds room for another 2019 recruit, the two names left on the board look to be CG Joe Girard and PG Rocket Watts, with PF Jaden McDaniels remaining a pipe dream.
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