First Wave of 2016 Michigan Basketball Offers

The day has finally arrived. Today is the day the Michigan coaching staff was finally able to offer a scholarship to 2016 basketball recruits. And they did not waste much time extending offers to their top targets, which include some of the best players in the class. Here is who landed an offer during the first wave of offers:

5* PG Derryck Thornton, 6\’2\’\’ 185lbs. Henderson, NV (Findlay Prep)

– One of the best players in the country, Thornton is a playmaking point guard that can cross you over in a phone booth. His handles, vision, and decision making makes him a perfect prospect for John Beilein. If JB can develop Thornton like he has with his former point guards, he could be another B1G POY. His visit to Ann Arbor for camp solidified the Wolverines as his leader, in most people\’s eyes. 

Michigan\’s Chances: Very Good

5* SG Tyus Battle, 6\’5\’\’ 185lsb. Gladstone, NJ (Gill St Bernard S School)

– Battle is a prototypical 2-guard that can put the ball on the floor, create his own shot, finish at the rim, and knock down the deep ball. He is another player that Beilein can mold into an All-B1G player and possible NBA draft pick. Along with Thornton, he will visited Ann Arbor for camp and left with the Wolverines basically in the drivers seat. He and his father loved everything about Michigan and could be the first commit of the class. 

Michigan\’s Chances: Very Good

5* F TJ Leaf, 6’9” 210lbs. El Cajon, CA (Foothills Christian)

– Easily one of the best and most versatile players in the class, Leaf is a long, athletic sharp shooter that can score inside and out, as well as run the floor thanks to some sneaky speed from the big man. After a recent visit to Ann Arbor, it looks like Beilein sold Leaf on the city, campus, University, program and style of play. At Michigan, Leaf could be a star.

Michigan\’s Chances: Very Good

4* PG Cassius Winston, 6\’0\’\’ 185lbs. Detroit, MI (UofD Jesuit)

– The top player in the state (IMO), Winston is a playmaking point guard that has the ability to score and distribute. From what was reported at the summer camp, Winson was easily one of the best players in attendance. He is said to be the #2 point guard target on both the staff and fan\’s list, but if he come to Michigan, no one would be complaining.

Michigan\’s Chances: Good

4* PG Quentin Goodin, 6\’2\’\’ 165lbs. Campbellsville, KY (Taylor County)

– Another player that showed out at the summer camp, Goodin is an all-around point guard that the staff is very high on. He is rumored to be the staff\’s #3 target at the point (behind Thornton and Winston) and would be a very hard pull since he is likely to choose one of his home state schools (Kentucky or Louisville).

Michigan\’s Chances: Good

3* F Seth Towns, 6\’8\’\’ 190lbs. Columbus, OH (Northland HS)

– Another versatile forward, Towns has the length and skills to be a very good player in Beilein’s offense (see the trend yet?). He can shoot it from deep and also take defenders off the dribble. After visiting Ann Arbor in May, he admitted the Wolverines were at the top of his list. If offered, it could be a very quick decision.

Michigan\’s Chances: Very Good

3* C Jon Teske, 6\’11\’\’ 210lbs. Medina, OH (Medina HS)

– The long, lengthy big man has that look of a stretch big man that can score in the paint and from the elbow, but most importantly, he can block shots. Beilein has said that is one spot they are looking for and the is a very good chance Teske is that guy. He is very underrated and is said to be high on the Wolverines. There\’s a chance he\’s one of the first members of the class.

Michigan\’s Chances: Very Good

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