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Why Michigan’s Hunter Dickinson loves learning from Juwan Howard
Michigan basketball’s Hunter Dickinson talks Feb. 21, 2021 about how a film session with coach Juwan Howard was key to his performance vs. Ohio State.
Michigan basketball has its first McDonald’s All-Americans in nearly two decades.
Four-star guard Kobe Bufkin, five-star wing Caleb Houstan and five-star forward Moussa Diabate were named to the team on Tuesday afternoon, becoming the Wolverines’ first signees since Daniel Horton (2002) to earn the distinction.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the McDonald’s All-American Game will not be played for the second consecutive year, although a full 24-player roster was still announced.
Houstan, who played at Montverde Academy in Florida, is the highest-ranked signee in Michigan’s top-ranked recruiting class. He is the No. 8 overall recruit, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Diabate, who is originally from France and played at IMG Academy (also in Florida), is ranked No. 18 overall. Bufkin, a 6-foot-4 guard at Grand Rapids Christian, was the first Michigan high schooler named to the team since Deyonta Davis. (Flint native Miles Bridges was playing in West Virginia when he earned the honor.)
The previous recruiting cycle, the Wolverines had one commitment — five-star forward Isaiah Todd — who was named a McDonald’s All-American. Todd, who never signed a letter of intent, eventually spurned Michigan to pursue his professional basketball career and currently plays in the NBA’s G League.
Houstan, Bufkin and Diabate are three of six players who inked letters of intent with Michigan during the fall signing period, giving it the No. 1-ranked recruiting class for 2021. They are joined by four-star guard Frankie Collins (No. 51), four-star wing Isaiah Barnes (No. 104) and three-star forward Will Tschetter (No. 146).
Bufkin, ranked No. 42, averaged 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists while leading the Eagles to a 20-2 record as a junior. He scored his 1,000th point last week but also suffered a hairline fracture in his wrist. There is no reported timetable on his return.