John Beilein has proven that he does not need 4-star players to win big at the University of Michigan but that certainly does not mean he will turn them down if they want to play for the Wolverines.
On Wednesday, Jalen Wilson and Cole Bajema officially signed to play with Michigan beginning in the 2019 season.
Wilson, who is the No. 43 player in the Class of 2019 according to 247 Sports, is a 6-8 forward out of Guyer High School in Denton, Texas.
Beilein is clearly thrilled to have Wilson joining his team next season.
“We are thrilled to have player of Jalen’s caliber join the program,” Michigan head coach John Beilein said in a statement. “He is a strong, physical wing with the ability to score in a variety of ways. Jalen and his family love our university and that was important to us too. His versatility gives him the ability to play multiple positions on offense, and his strength allows him to be able to come in and be an impact defender.”
Bajema, who is out of Lynden Christian High School in Washington, is the No. 141 player according to 247 Sports. He is a 6-7 small forward who can shoot from the outside.
Beilein loves that Bajema’s family ties brought to the Wolverines.
“Cole is a talented player and his passion for Michigan made him a great fit,” Beilein said. “We are excited that his family roots led him back to the state of Michigan. We love it when kids come running through the door to be a part of such a great university. Cole showed a skill that evolved each time we watched him play. He is a versatile player that we are looking forward to developing in our system.”
With Charles Matthews likely turning pro following this season, Wilson and Bajema will certainly be welcome additions for the Michigan basketball program.