It didn’t take long for Michigan to start locking up its 2019 recruiting class.
On the first day of the early signing period, four-star wing Jalen Wilson (Denton Guyer, Texas) signed his letter of intent with the Wolverines during a ceremony Wednesday before school.
Fellow commit and four-star combo guard Cole Bajema (Lynden Christian, Wash.) is expected to sign after school later today.
Wilson (6-foot-8, 215 pounds) verbally committed on May 30 — the same day Charles Matthews announced his return for his redshirt junior season — and picked Michigan over Baylor, Marquette, Kansas, Oklahoma State and UCLA.
Bajema (6-7, 175) followed suit a few months later after a strong showing on the AAU summer circuit netted him offers from Virginia, Xavier, Washington and Oregon State. But when Michigan joined the fray, Bajama wasted little time pulling the trigger and making his commitment on Aug. 4.
Wilson averaged 16.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists as a junior last season and is lauded for his ability to finish at the rim, play multiple positions and be a “zone killer,” according to Guyer High coach Grant Long.
Bajema, who was named the Class 1A player of the year in Washington as a junior, has garnered attention for his pure shooting stroke and ball handling, and is viewed as a prospect who has plenty of upside and potential.
Both Wilson and Bajema are ranked in the top 125 in the nation and top 10 in their respective state by 247Sports, with Wilson rated No. 43 overall and No. 6 in Texas and Bajema No. 121 overall and No. 4 in Washington.
The duo also ranks in the top 30 of Michigan’s highest-rated recruits since 2000, with Wilson checking in at No. 10 and Bajema at No. 27, per 247Sports.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Michigan’s 2019 class is No. 6 in the Big Ten and No. 33 in the nation in the 247Sports Composite team rankings.
With Wilson and Bajema signing, the Wolverines are one over the allotted 13-player scholarship limit for 2019-20. However, that doesn’t take into account any possible offseason departures (i.e. NBA or transfer).
The early signing period ends Nov. 21.