Wolverines land top Canadian hoops prospect
Written by Matt Pargoff   

Heading north of the border in search of talent, John Beilein snagged a big addition to the future of the Michigan basketball team on Friday, landing a pledge from Mono (Ontario) Orangeville Prep forward Ignas Brazdeikis.

A top priority for the Wolverines, Brazdeikis selected the Maize and Blue over schools such as Oregon, Oklahoma, Florida, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Memphis, Southern Cal, and several others that likewise offered.

“I am very proud and excited to announce that I am committed to coach Beilein and the University of Michigan,” he tweeted.

Brazdeikis is rated as the No. 42 overall prospect in his class by Scout.com, earning a four-star rating on both that network and 247 Sports. Both networks list him as a small forward.

Originally from Lithuania, Brazdeikis was raised in Canada from a young age. When he joins the Michigan team in 2018, he will become the fourth player in the Beilein era from outside the country, following in the footsteps of German native Moritz Wagner, as well as fellow Canadians Nik Stauskas and Jevohn Shepherd.

Brazdeikis is the third member of Michigan’s 2018 recruiting class to stand in at 6-foot-8, joining in-staters Brandon Johns of East Lansing and Taylor Currie of Clarkston.

The class now sits at four members with Detroit East English Village point guard David DeJulius rounding out the group.


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