For Juwan Howard and the Michigan men’s basketball team, Monday morning began with a heavy dose of good news.
Class of 2020 five-star PF Isaiah Todd, who visited Michigan the weekend of Sept. 27-29, announced his final two schools on Twitter. The 6-foot-10, 195-pound Raleigh, N.C. native’s shortlist includes Kansas and the Wolverines, with a decision to follow on October 17, Todd’s 18th birthday. Per 247 Sports, Todd is the No. 12 player in the class and the second-best power forward.
I’ll be committing on October 17th ❤️ pic.twitter.com/EzBMLHZHkS
— Isaiah Todd (@zaytodd) October 7, 2019
Todd finished his Kansas official visit over the weekend. At the end of September, the Jayhawks found themselves at the center of lack of institutional control allegations, with Bill Self standing out in lieu of his head coach responsibility violations.
Since announcing his final two schools early Monday morning, recruiting experts have flooded Todd’s 247 Sports page with Crystal Ball predictions in favor of the Wolverines. Led by lead expert Jerry Meyer, 247 Sports’ Director of Basketball Scouting, the U-M owns all five predictions submitted on Monday.
With a composite rating of 0.9965, Todd would be the highest-ranked recruit in program history if he decides to play his college basketball in Ann Arbor.
At last week’s men’s basketball Big Ten Media Day, Howard touched on his belief that Michigan is on the brink of a recruiting snowball.
“I feel once one recruit commits, it’s going to be rapid fire, everyone else will fall in,” Howard said. “Who’s willing to step into the front lines and bet on themselves first? I bet on myself first when I stepped to the line and committed to the University of Michigan. Are you willing to bet on yourself?”
After losing out on multiple players over the last month, landing a top-15 recruit over Kansas would be an ideal way for Howard to usher in a new era on the recruiting trail.
If there’s a prospect capable of starting Howard’s ideal avalanche, it’s Todd.