When he first entered the transfer portal in April, Jaelin Llewellyn did so knowing exactly what he was looking for.
In contrast to his high school recruitment — in which Llewellyn, a top-100 player, committed to Princeton — Llewellyn had an easier time sifting through “what was truth” and “what was fluff.” He knew what boxes his next destination would check: a winning pedigree and an opportunity to be a mainstay contributor. Enter Michigan.
“It’s been a historically great program, they’re used to winning basketball games,” Llewellyn told the “Defend the Block” podcast. “I wanna get to the Tournament as bad as anybody. This is a team that has experience getting there, and they needed some experience at the guard position as well.”
The Michigan coaching staff quickly validated Llewellyn’s preconceptions about the Wolverines, making him feel at home.
“I just felt really comfortable, and they’ve outlined from the start what they need for the program from the guard position,” Llewellyn said. “And I just felt like they really had a belief in me and my abilities, and I think it’s just really grown since then, since I met the staff in April.”