Michigan and 2015 point guard prospect Jalen Brunson are beginning to show mutual interest in each other.
Brunson is a 4-star point guard from Stevenson High School in suburban Chicago who is ranked as the no. 45 player in 2015 by Rivals. He is expected to plan a visit to Ann Arbor soon as he said they have been recruiting him hard recently.
If Michigan could grab Brunson, it would continue John Beilien‘s major trend of trying to get an elite point guard every other year. Beilein brought in Darius Morris in 2009, who was a 4-star from Los Angeles. Morris started two seasons for Michigan, set the single season record for assists at the program and became a first-round NBA pick after two seasons.
The year after Morris left, an unheralded three-star point guard from Ohio came into the Michigan program. His name was Trey Burke, and he became the best college player in America in his second year at Michigan, leading them to the national title game.
Next fall, another freshman point guard will take over the reins for Michigan when four-star point guard, Derrick Walton steps into the program. If the pattern holds, Walton will become a great point guard under Beilein and be a first-round pick in 2015, resulting in a PG from the class of 2015 taking the starting spot.
Now, patterns don’t always hold and Brunson might not even be the guy for Michigan (Walton might not be a star either), but it is fascinating to see a clear pattern of Beilein’s. He grabs a top point guard every other year and ignores the position in recruiting classes in between. Will Brunson be the next point guard to enter the Michigan chain?
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