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Michigan officially announces four new signees

Michigan announced today that Hunter Dickinson, Terrance Williams, Jace Howard and Columbia grad transfer Mike Smith signed letters of intent this week.

They join Zeb Jackson, who signed in November, in Michigan’s 2020 recruiting class. The four-man class is ranked 8th nationally, per 247 Sports Composite, and is the best incoming group in the Big Ten.

For more on Terrance Williams, check out our 20 thoughts on 2020 piece breaking down the ins and outs of his game. We also have an in-depth video breakdown of Hunter Dickinson’s game.

The Wolverines have one scholarship outstanding for the 2020-21 season.

Here’s what Juwan Howard had to say about his incoming class:

On today’s signings … “The addition of these four young men to the Michigan Basketball family is another important step in the growth of this program. Yes, all four bring tremendous basketball skill and talent; however, it’s their maturity, growth mindsets and desire to get better as people which makes us proud to have them represent the Block M. Our staff cannot wait to have them get to Ann Arbor.

“With these signings, and the addition of Zeb in the fall, we are truly excited for the direction we are heading. Talent is one thing; however, we always want to make sure we bring the right players into this program — Michigan Men. We are confident we have done that.”

On Hunter Dickinson … “Even though he appears to be a quiet and gentle giant, Hunter is going to make some noise for us down low. He is patient in the post and allows for plays to develop before he attacks — especially with his left-handed hook shot. He is a space eater and really takes pride in defense. The successes he had at DeMatha allow him to bring a winning mentality to Ann Arbor.”

On Terrance Williams … “Terrance is part of the new breed of collegiate basketball players — a hybrid who can play many different positions. He is efficient with his play and is skilled both offensively and defensively. He is not afraid of contact, so it stands a chance that he has an opportunity to come in and be a major contributor.”

On the relationship between Dickinson and Williams … “It’s special to have two players from the same area go to the same college and play. Hunter and Terrance have had many battles in the Catholic league (WCAC) the last four years; however, the friendship and respect that they have for each other on and off the court gives them an unbelievable chemistry.”

On Jace Howard … “Without question, this a special day for my family and I that I will be able to coach my son. Words cannot express how proud I am of him for all the work he has put in over the years to get to where he is now. He will bring a passion like no other to this program. He wants to get better, and with his skills we know he will be a valuable asset.”

On Howard’s scholarship offer … “Originally, we had some discussions about Jace walking on. After some attrition this offseason it opened up opportunities for us to explore different scenarios. After discussing several options with the staff, we were excited to extend a scholarship to him. We know, and myself first hand, his work ethic and growing ability will only help us.”

On the addition of Mike Smith … “When we looked at our roster, we wanted to make sure we had some depth, as well as experience, at the guard position. Mike had a sensational career at Columbia, and we are thrilled to have him join us. He will be an extension of the coaching staff to our young guards and, having been through the battles on the floor, his experiences will be invaluable.”

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  1. Wayman_Britt

    I sure hope these recruits and some of the current roster can come back to Ann Arbor in June for some Camp Sanderson. Would love to see Franz and Cole be able to add 10 or so pounds of muscle over the summer.

  2. DetUMICH

    just curious, what service are you using for the team rankings? 247 says 8 or 10, depending on if it’s composite or their own, as far as i can see…

  3. umhoops

    Yeah a bit silly in the scheme of things (he’ll be on the team either way) but I think the rankings only account for scholarship commits.

  4. umhoops

    They can send workout plans etc. but again you are pretty limited by what players have in their home.

  5. adamsmit86

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