Recruiting

Class of 2019 guard Cole Bajema commits to Michigan

Michigan secured a pledge from class of 2019 guard Cole Bajema today.

Bajema is Michigan’s second commitment in the 2019 class, joining four-star wing Jalen Wilson. Bajema is a 6-foot-7 guard from Lynden Christian who broke onto the national radar over the last year. He led Lynden Christian to a Washington State Championship last year and then had a strong summer on the grassroots circuit with FOH Seattle throughout July.

Bajema emerged on Michigan’s recruiting radar after he sent his game film to the coaching staff and earned an invitation to the Wolverines’ elite camp. He performed well at that event and Michigan coaches followed him throughout July.

In the end, all that this recruitment was waiting for was a scholarship offer. Bajema didn’t hide the fact that he wanted an offer from Michigan and he jumped on it when John Beilein extended it.

β€œMichigan has always been my dream school,” Bajema said earlier this week. β€œIt would be hard to turn that one down.”

Rankings and Offers

A month ago, Bajema had only a handful of mid-major offers. Now he boasts offers from Virginia, Washington, Oregon State, Eastern Washington, Pepperdine, Portland, San Francisco and Santa Clara after a break out month of July in front of college coaches.

Bajema is unranked by most scouting services — he didn’t have a Rivals or 247 Sports profile at the start of the month — but judging by his positive reviews in Las Vegas, he should be expected to climb in August updates. The only question is how far he jumps up the rankings.

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