The Michigan basketball program obtained a second dose of fine information Friday when Wake Forest switch Chaundee Brown obtained a waiver for fast eligibility this season, Michigan introduced Friday. Brown was a three-year starter for the Demon Deacons and figures to play a key position for the Wolverines this season after averaging 12.1 factors and 6.5 rebounds per recreation within the ACC final season.
Information of Brown’s waiver got here simply hours after second-year coach Juwan Howard landed a dedication from five-star prospect Caleb Houstan, an influence ahead and the No. 8 general participant within the class of 2021 in keeping with the 247Sports Composite.
“In the beginning, whew! I’m so grateful and really blessed for the NCAA, the Huge Ten, Michigan and Coach (Juwan) Howard for giving me this chance,” Brown stated in an announcement. “I additionally need to thank Wake Forest, Coach (Danny) Manning and all of the directors and followers in Winston-Salem (N.C.) for giving me three unforgettable years. Whereas it took a while, and whereas I used to be ready for any final result, you can not imagine the smile and the way grateful I’m.
“Since my arrival in Ann Arbor, I’ve been welcomed with open arms. I used to be able to do no matter I might to assist us succeed both on or off the court docket. All I do know is I can not wait to place that maize-and-blue jersey on and play with this group of fellows.”
Howard was due for a break after a disappointing offseason that included longtime class of 2020 dedication Isaiah Todd selecting to signal with the G League Pathway Program as a substitute of the Wolverines. Michigan additionally misplaced out on longtime five-star goal Joshua Christopher, who shocked many in faculty basketball when he dedicated to Arizona State as a substitute of Michigan.
“We’re indebted to everybody concerned on this course of,”Howard stated. “From Warde (Manuel) to Elizabeth (Heinrich) and to everybody at Wake Forest, we’re appreciative. We’re definitely in unprecedented occasions; nevertheless, having a participant with Chaundee’s experiences, ability set and management solely provides to our versatility and depth this season.”
Brown additionally thought-about Gonzaga and Illinois after deciding to switch from Wake Forest. Although his 6-foot-5 body and official itemizing as a guard recommend in any other case, Brown’s prime attribute could also be his capability as a rebounder, which ought to make him priceless in Michigan’s rotation. The Wolverines misplaced final 12 months’s prime rebounder, Jon Teske, to commencement and weren’t an ideal rebounding group as they posted a 19-12 (10-10 Huge Ten) document in Howard’s first season. Brown completed second on the group in rebounding at Wake Forest final season.