Michigan is already off to a hot start to Coach Juwan Howard’s first full recruiting cycle in charge of the program, and the Wolverines could have even more good news coming soon.
Rivals.com national analyst Corey Evans logged a recent Future Cast prediction in favor of Michigan for five-star shooting guard Josh Christopher, who at one point was a major Kentucky recruiting target. Christopher — a standout recruit from the Los Angeles area — had widely been expected to stay on the West Coast for college, with UCLA emerging in the latter half of last year as the favorite among recruiting experts.
Evans has acknowledged since making his pro-Michigan prediction that he does not expect a college decision to be imminent from Christopher, but he wrote Tuesday that “Michigan has the momentum” in that recruitment.
The Wolverines already have the No. 4 recruiting class in the 2020 cycle, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, with only Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina placed above them. Michigan is also considered the favorite for three-star guard Jace Howard — the son of Juwan Howard — and the Wolverines would jump UNC for the No. 3 spot nationally if they land both Howard and Christopher.
Kentucky extended a scholarship offer to Christopher last year, and he was seen as a major UK target until the Wildcats landed early commitments from fellow five-star shooting guards Terrence Clarke and Brandon Boston. As a result of those recruiting decisions, Kentucky stopped pursuing Christopher and five-star shooting guard Jalen Green, another prospect from California.
Michigan’s 2020 recruiting class already features four Top 100 players, including former Kentucky target Isaiah Todd, a five-star power forward.
It’s worth noting that UK and Michigan recently agreed to a three-year series of games that will start next season with a neutral-site matchup in London. Michigan will host Kentucky in 2021, and the Wolverines will travel to Rupp Arena for a game in 2022.