After the decommitment of five star SG Tyus Battle, the 2016 Michigan basketball recruiting class all of a sudden was riddled with questions. However, Beilein has proven multiple times before that he has the ability to find hidden gems and turn them into NBA prospects.
So, don’t freak out just yet and check out my latest 2016 Best Guess Recruiting Class:
1. C: Jon Teske, 6’11” 210lbs. Medina, OH (Medina HS)
The big man dominates at the high school level thanks to being several inches taller than the rest of the competition. His height, length, shot blocking ability, and outside shooting should make him a great player in Beilein\’s system. However, he will have to add some muscle to his frame before being able to perform at his peak level at Michigan.
- Commitment Date: August 7th, 2014
2. C: Austin Davis, 6’10” 250lbs. Onsted, MI (Onsted)*
Davis is an old school, blue collar big man that has the size and length to be a good rebounder and paint presence at the next level. While he’s not the most explosive or dominant big man out there, he does the little stuff that wins games like getting boards on both ends of the court, finishing inside and playing solid defense. Look for him to re-classify to 2017 as he’s likely to take a prep year.
3. PG Cassius Winston, 6’0” 165lbs. Detroit, MI (Jesuit)
Winston is the top player in the state and a perfect fit for Michigan. However, it’s not a slam dunk by any means as he recently released his top 4 teams and the in-state powers look to be the heavy favorites. While it looks like a toss up right about now, I believe Michigan’s dire need for a point guard of the future and their ability to turn them into lottery picks will be the deciding factor.
- Offer: Yes
- Visit: Yes
- Michigan’s Chances: Very Good
- Other Options: Xavier Simpson, Te’Jon Lucas, Bruce Brown
4. G: Kevin Huerter, 6’5” 170lbs. Clifton Park, NY (City Rocks)
– The sharp shooter from New York is one of the top names left on the board and looks to be a fantastic fit in Beilein’s system. If the staff can get him on campus and extend an offer, it wouldn’t shock me to see a quick decision. However, the staff needs to get him to Ann Arbor and that looks to happen in the not-so-distant future. It will also be interesting to see which class he ends up in. Like Austin Davis, he could re-classify to the 2017 class, so keep an eye on that.
- Offer: No
- Visit: No
- Michigan’s Chances: Very Good, if offered
- Other Options: Miles Bridges, Amir Coffey, Ibi Watson