Michigan landed its highest-rated dedication of the Juwan Howard period on Friday as five-star recruit Caleb Houstan, a top-10 nationwide prospect from Montverde Academy instructed ESPN he has dedicated to the Wolverines. Houstan, a 6-foot-8 energy ahead ranked because the No. 2 participant at his place within the 247Sports Composite, selected UM over Duke, Virginia and Alabama.
The dedication boosts Michigan to the No. 1 spot within the 247Sports nationwide recruiting rankings for 2021, up from its earlier standing of No. 7. Houstan is just not solely the highest-ranked dedication of the category — which now consists of 5 top-160 recruits — however he’s the highest-rated Michigan basketball recruit to decide on this system for the reason that 247Sports database started almost twenty years in the past.
“Michigan actually confirmed that they wished me and that I used to be going to be a key a part of their program,” Houstan instructed ESPN. “They have been invested in me as a participant and actually took the time to get to know my recreation. They run a system that I do know I can do properly in. I additionally developed nice relationships with their teaching workers.”
Houstan was initially a 2022 prospect however he reclassified this summer time to 2021, with the intent on changing into eligible for the 2022 NBA Draft. A one-and-done hopeful, 247Sports’ Jerry Meyer projected him not too long ago as a future first-rounder due to his dimension and scoring capability.
Has good dimension as a combo ahead with capturing vary. Not overly athletic, however performs with power and has physique management. Harmful three-point shooter. Finishes properly contained in the arc. Consists with the basketball. Stable handler and passer. Sturdy rebounder. Comes up with factors off the glass. Positional defender with versatility defensively.
Michigan’s 2021 class now holds three top-100 commitments led by Houstan in addition to guards Frankie Collins and Kobe Bufkin. It is a sturdy and deep recruiting class that comes on the heels of a top-15 class final cycle put collectively by Howard that ranked tops within the Huge Ten.