The 5 Michigan commits that make up the No. 6 recruiting class in the country

Basketball, Recruiting

Michigan has the #6 recruiting class for 2015 with three 4-stars and two 3-stars, according to 247 Sports Composite rankings.

All 5 signed their LOI on Wednesday morning and are officially headed to Ann Arbor next season.

Here’s a deeper look at all of the recruits and where they will fit best at Michigan.

Ignas Brazdeikis | SF | 6-8, 220 | Mono, Ontario, Canada

Ignas Brazdeikis is a pure scorer from Ontario, Canada. He uses a wide arsenal of moves and his long length to cover up the fact that he isn’t a freak athlete.

During the 2017 Nike EYBL 17U circuit, Brazdeikis averaged 22.4 PPG, which was best for 6th in the league. He also had the highest scoring game of the circuit when he dropped 42 points.

Against Prolific Prep, Iggy put up 50, albeit in a loss. When he arrives on campus, Brazdeikis should be an immediate scoring option. The Orangeville Prep product signed his LOI on Wednesday night, according to The Athletic’s Brendan Quinn. I wrote a more in-depth post on Iggy here.

 

Brandon Johns | SF/PF | 6-8, 206 | East Lansing, Michigan

A potential Mr. Basketball, Brandon Johns, is an extremely versatile player and the 247 Composite’s #2 player in Michigan (Behind MSU signee Marcus Bingham Jr).

Although his 247Sports profile says he is 206 pounds, his ESPN and EYBL profiles say 215. I am more apt to trust the latter, as Johns looks bigger than 206.

Johns is a good athlete that is between a small forward and a power forward. Ignas Brazdeikis has better guard skills, and both of them should be early impact players. Thus, Johns is more likely to play the 4 at Michigan.

Brandon’s most underrated quality is his ability to shoot — he shot 43.6% from 3 during EYBL 2017 — and that should fit in perfectly with John Beilein. If Johns can play with a high motor every game this year, he has a great chance to win Michigan’s Mr. Basketball.

The big man is expected to sign his NLI later this week.

Colin Castleton | PF | 6-10, 215 | Daytona Beach, Florida

The Florida kid Colin Castleton is a 4-star recruit from Daytona Beach.

While his EYBL stats don’t show it (0-8), Castleton can really shoot the ball. Let Beilein get his hands on Colin and he can turn him into a complete offensive player. Think of what Moe Wagner has become under Coach Beilein.

Castleton obviously needs to put on weight, and that could be the biggest thing that keeps him off of the floor early at Michigan. He probably won’t be able to play the center position in his freshman year, and the 4-spot will be crowded with depth. Give him a year with strength & conditioning Jon Sanderson and he should put enough weight on to play defense on other bigs.

He is already an elite shot blocker (2.4 BPG in EYBL), and the rebounding will come with his weight increasing. Castleton signed his NLI Wednesday morning.

David DeJulius | PG | 6-0, 188 | Detroit, Michigan

Detroit point guard David Dejulius signed his NLI Wednesday morning.

DeJulius is very similar to former Michigan point guard Derrick Walton Jr. He is a smaller guard, but makes up for his lack of length in quickness and strength. He is a good, and improving, shooter off the dribble, and he makes plays when the ball is in his hands. Like Walton, he’s another Mr. Basketball candidate in Michigan.

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DeJulius is the kind of guard that makes the other players on the floor better. He beats people off the dribble and can create an open shot for his teammates. His strength and ability to get to the rim are probably his best attributes at this point.

It is incredibly tough to keep David out of the lane, which should open up other parts of his game – like his step-back out of the triple threat which is super smooth.

Playing time will take some time with current sophomore PG Zavier Simpson and freshman PG Eli Brooks returning to the team.

Adrien Nunez | SG | 6-5, 188 | Oakdale, Connecticut

A 3-star recruit, Adrien Nunez is an interesting case.

He has obvious strengths, like his ability to shoot and his size at the shooting guard position.

Regardless, the kid simply hasn’t played that much basketball. That being said, his release is quick and high, and if all he can be is a spot up shooter that plays defense, he should still have a spot in the rotation.

I don’t think he will only be a shooter. Michigan has a reputation of turning these shooters into more complete basketball players.

Adrien Nunez signed his NLI Wednesday afternoon.

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