Good day to be a Michigan Basketball fan.
Hibbitts, a 6-foot-8 shooter, averaged 17.3 points, 11 rebounds and 2.5 blocks and shot 48% from the floor as a senior. Hibbitts took recruiting visits to Vermont and American and chose the Wolverines over several mid-major offers from other schools.
In the wake of the wonderful basketball news this afternoon, I wanted to pose a crazy, speculative conspiracy theory to the board.
As most know by now Michigan is on Nike's campus right now, likely hearing a sales pitch to be our next apparel sponsor and possibly doing some negotiating.
As everyone definitely knows Tyus Battle, consensus 5-star wing, committed to play for Michigan Basketball this afternoon.
The other schools that were rumored to lead for Tyus, Duke and Syracuse, were Nike schools. So are UConn and OSU. The only other non-UM suitor that wasn't Nike was Lousiville who, while in the "top group" most people didn't talk about seriously in regards to landing Battle.
Battle's AAU team, Team Takeover, is Nike sponsored. Of the 8 recruits in the 2015 class who committed to a Division 1 program, 7 committed to a Nike school (6 pure Nike, 1 Jordan which is owned by Nike).
Does Tyus believe that we will also be a Nike school by the time he suits up in the Maize and Blue for the first time? Was he potentially given reason to believe this by someone in the program who might have an inclination?
Is there anything to this wild speculation? No.
But in a much larger sense...maybe.
Did I spend way too much effort on this post? Almost certainly.
With the commitment of 5-star SG Tyus Battle, Michigan currently has the top ranked recruiting class in the country. This class could potentially get even better if Cassius Winston commits to Michigan. But I thought Beilein couldn't recruit?
Excited to say that I am going to be a Wolverine!!
The former Duke guard will play his final season at Maryland. Given the Swanigan decommit and this addition, Maryland seems to be the clear favorite in the B1G next year.