Michigan basketball players first pledge for 2021, Isaiah Barnes

Juwan Howard has his first engagement with the 2021 class, and he went to his hometown to look for him.

Isaiah Barnes, who will play her senior year at Simeon Career Academy High School in Chicago, announced her promise to Michigan on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-6-inch Barnes is number 106 in the 2021 class, based on the composite classification of 247 sports. He is listed as a small forward by 247sports and an escort in Rivals.

Schools interested in Barnes had built up this spring: Kansas, Maryland, Illinois, and Wisconsin were among the programs offering a scholarship.

“There is a great tradition in Michigan,” Barnes told The Chicago Sun-Times in a story published just after his announcement. “I saw myself being part of that. Every offer I received was a blessing. But I felt it with Michigan. Coach Howard and I had great conversations about the use of corn and blue. “

Barnes played his first year at Romeoville High School and the past two years at Oak Park and River Forest High School.

He told a local media outlet in April that his main reason for transferring to Simeon basketball power was that “there are many profiles that are happening in Oak Park and things related to race in recent years.”

“Changing environments where I have nothing to worry about, but school work and basketball would be the best,” he added.

Michigan still has several places to fill by 2021, though the exact number depends on how many current Wolverines return next season. Howard has offered scholarships to approximately 30 players in the class, most of whom are ranked in the top 100.