The Michigan Wolverines basketball program is poised for what could be another successful season with head coach Juwan Howard at the helm.
Michigan is part of a Big Ten Conference that hasn’t won a national title since 2000, but with Howard at the controls, the team has aggressively pursued future player options at multiple positions and is coming off of a top ten recruiting haul from last year’s season.
The Wolverines return 2021 consensus All-American pick Hunter Dickinson at the center position, and have added promising Princeton transfer Jaelin Llewellyn at the point guard position, rounding out their projected 2022-2023 depth chart.
The Wolverines aren’t ranked according to ESPN’s ‘Way Too Early Top 25 Rankings,’ but they are listed in the ‘Next in Line’ section.
In other words, Michigan will have the opportunity to fly under the radar this season as opposed to starting the year as a favorite.
Meanwhile, Howard has been busy on the recruiting trail.
The former Fab Five member recently had a five-star 2023 prospective recruit on campus, and is now in pursuit of a former Ohio State commit and top 50 player for the same year’s class.
Top 50 Recruit George Washington III Visits Ann Arbor, Reacts to Visit
George Washington III, a four-star guard previously committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes, visited Michigan’s Ann Arbor based campus recently according to a report from MaizeNBrew.com.
Washington III has a final list that doesn’t include Ohio State, but it does include Michigan along with a former National Championship winning program, according to recruiting analyst Jake Weingarten of StockRisers.com.
George Washington III has arrived in Ann Arbor for his official visit with Michigan, he told @Stockrisers. The Top-50 senior is planning more visits and has a final list of Virginia, Louisville, Wake Forest, Dayton, and Michigan.
— Jake (@jakeweingarten) October 7, 2022
Washington, a 6-foot-3, 168-pound guard, hails from Louisville, Kentucky, and bears the same last name as recent Michigan basketball nemesis Duane Washington, Jr., a former Buckeyes guard who played for the Pacers in 2021.
Washington III was tight-lipped about his visit to Ann Arbor, announcing it on his social media with very little commentary.
— George Washington lll (@3dubbshoop) October 7, 2022
Washington III’s junior season highlights package shows an alert and patient young player who always seems to keep his head up on the fast break and usually looks for his teammates before finding his own shot.
For the time being, the Chaminade Julienne high school product, who stands 6-foot-3 inches tall according to his Twitter profile, is still weighing his options.
Check out his full highlight reel from his junior season in the video clip below: