John Beilein has secured a fourth commitment in the class of 2010, as today it was announced that Colton Christian will become a Wolverine after a great visit this weekend. Christian, a 6-7 forward from Hargrove Military Academy in Virginia, also held offers from Cal, Tulane, and Penn State, and was previously committed to Tulane before deciding to come to Ann Arbor.
ESPN’s scouting report ($) calls him “a capable scorer” who won’t dominate games, and says he has 18-foot range, good athleticism and rebounding skills, and the ability to defend well in the post. With Michigan’s lack of depth and size up front, it sounds like Christian is ticketed for the power forward position, where he could help spell Zack Novak and give Michigan a little more size and inside presence at the position.
Christian’s commitment means that the Wolverines are likely not taking Detroit Denby small forward Isaiah Sykes, who many thought would commit to Michigan if Beilein extended a scholarship offer. The Wolverines now have 11 scholarships committed for next season, with no seniors, and already have one commitment, Carlton Brundidge, in the class of 2011. The lack of space, combined with some strange circumstances surrounding Sykes’ recruitment, means Michigan is almost certainly done taking players for the class of 2010.
Christian certainly falls into the “sleeper” category — he is a two-star to Scout, gets an 85 grade from ESPN, and isn’t in the Rivals database. We’ll have to wait and see how ready he is to step on the court next season. Michigan could certainly use his added size and athleticism up front, and if nothing else he should provide depth at forward.
For more, including video of Christian, make sure to check out UMHoops’ commitment post.