Michigan basketball: Wolverines to welcome Big Ten’s top-rated class

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The early signing period for basketball begins Wednesday, and Michigan is set to bring in a 5-player class that is rated as the best in the Big Ten by the 247Sports composite system.

Three forwards and two guards make up the class that includes 4-star Canadian forward Ignas Brazdeikas and 4-star power forward Brandon Johns, the No. 2-rated player in the state of Michigan. Johns is from East Lansing and chose the Wolverines over his hometown Michigan State program.

Basketball class ratings need to be put into context, depending on the size of the class and the various talent levels of the players but, suffice to say, the Wolverines are happy with how talented and well-rounded this group is.

This is the first time Michigan has had the conference’s highest-rated class since coach John Beilein took over in 2007. The previous high was No. 3 in 2012 with the 3-player class of Zak Irvin, Derrick Walton Jr., and Mark Donnal. Those three were part of the 2013 national finalist squad, the 2014 Elite Eight team and the 2016 Big Ten Tournament champions that reached the Sweet 16.

The early signing period runs from Nov. 8-15. All five players are expected to sign during the week-long period.

Here’s a closer look at the five players:

Note: all ratings per 247Sports composite

Ignas Brazdeikas, Mono, Ontario, Canada

Position: Forward
Height/weight: 6-8, 220
High School: Orangeville Prep
Rating: 4-star

Brazdeikas’ reputation is that of a scorer but according to various reports he’s not afraid of going inside and hitting the boards as well. He’s credited with having good ball skills and a good shooter’s touch, so that’s a great place to start in Beilein’s intricate offensive system that requires constant motion and passing.

Brandon Johns, East Lansing, Mich.

Position: Power forward
Height/weight: 6-8, 206
High School: East Lansing
Rating: 4-star

The fact that Johns chose the Wolverines over Michigan State was a surprise to many but he brings another versatile athlete to Beilein’s system. He’s probably a little more inside-oriented than Brazdeikas but that doesn’t mean Johns doesn’t have an outside game.

Colin Castleton, Daytona Beach, Fla.

Position: Power forward
Height/weight: 6-10, 215
High School: Father Lopez
Rating: 4-star

Castleton gives this class a true interior player, someone who is going to be around the basket and offers a defensive presence. He chose the Wolverines over Illinois in the end, but had offers from Florida, Xavier and Florida State among others.

David DeJulius, Detroit

Position: Point guard
Height/weight: 6-0, 188
High School: East English Village
Rating: 4-star

DeJulius and Johns give the Wolverines multiple in-state recruits for the first time since 2007. ESPN’s recruiting report on DeJulius says “Michigan is getting a scoring point guard who can run a team and lead others.” That sounds a little like a certain point guard who just graduated.

Adrien Nunez, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Position: Shooting guard
Height/weight: 6-5, 175
High School: St. Thomas More (Conn.)
Rating: 3-star

The unknown of the group, there are plenty who feel that the Wolverines have gotten a steal with Nunez. St. Thomas More coach Jere Quinn told Brendan F. Quinn of The Athletic Detroit that Nunez is “a Klay Thompson-type of shooter. Shoots it high, quick and with athleticism.”

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