Michigan basketball visits transfer portal target in-home

On3 imageby:Anthony Broome03/28/23

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Michigan basketball’s interest in transfer portal forward/center B.J. Mack continues to evolve. Jake Weingarten of Stockrisers.com is reporting that the Wolverines recently made an in-home visit to the former Wofford Terriers star. The next step appears to be a potential campus visit in the near future.

Michigan recently made Mack’s top 10 list in a list that includes LSU, Florida, Arkansas, Iowa, Butler, Xavier, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and South Carolina.

Mack, who entered the transfer portal earlier this month, averaged 16.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists during the 2022-23 season. He shot 49.2% from the field and 33.5% from three-point range.

On3 has Mack (6-8, 245) as a 4-star transfer prospect and the No. 75 available player as of March 28. Other schools with reported interest include Arkansas, Butler, Georgia, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Grand Canyon, LSU, Mercer, Mississippi State, NC State, Ole Miss, Richmond, Rhode Island, San Diego, Santa Clara, Seton Hall, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Xavier.

“BJ Mack is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina,” On3’s Jamie Shaw wrote recently. “He played for the Team United program on Nike’s EYBL Circuit. Mack is a noted shooter, a career 35.9 percent shooter from beyond the arc n 3.0 attempts per game. He committed to South Florida out of high school and spent his last three years at Wofford. Mack has scored 1,238 career points and was voted first-team All-SoCon for the 2022-23 season.”

Michigan had a pair of players start at the 4 this season in junior Terrance Williams and redshirt freshman Will Tschetter. They averaged a combined 8.5 points per game, so U-M’s interest in boosting the offensive output at the position appears to be a priority.

The Wolverines have been putting feelers out in the transfer portal since the season ended, reaching out also to Harvard forward Chris Ledlum, Pittsburgh center John Hugley IV and Colorado State guard John Tonje. Tonje committed to Missouri on Monday, so at least one option is off the board for now.

The Wolverines currently have a pair of scholarship spots open for next season after the departures of freshman wing Jett Howard (NBA Draft) and sophomore guard Isaiah Barnes (transfer portal), but could look to bring back veteran guard Jaelin Llewellyn and wing Joey Baker for sixth collegiate seasons. There still figures to be some roster churn, whether it be from sophomore guard Kobe Bufkin and/or junior center Hunter Dickinson deciding to move on or other transfers.

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