The University of Michigan basketball program announced on Wednesday that two members of the 2019 recruiting class have officially signed their letters of intent during the early signing period, officially making them Wolverines. U-M head coach John Beilein announced that four-stars Jalen Wilson and Cole Bajema have officially joined the program and are set to join the program next season.
The additions of Wilson and Bajema gives Beilein two prospects in the Top-150 of the 247Sports recruiting rankings for the 2019 class. Wilson is currently ranked the No. 43 prospect in the nation whereas Bajema, who had a strong month of July to propel him to four-star status, sits at No. 121.
Wilson, a 6-foot-8 wing from Texas, joins the Wolverines’ program named after former Fab Five player Jalen Rose. Wilson was identified as a priority target early in the process by Beilein and staff and the Wolverines made quick work out of securing his commitment shortly thereafter. He is part of three-straight District 6A championships with John H. Guyer High School. Last season he averaged over 16 points and 7 rebounds per game.
“We are thrilled to have player of Jalen’s caliber join the program,” Beilein said in a statement. “He is a strong, physical wing with the ability to score in a variety of ways. Jalen and his family love our university and that was important to us too. His versatility gives him the ability to play multiple positions on offense, and his strength allows him to be able to come in and be an impact defender. He has continued to improve in many areas since we have been recruiting him. With his attitude, work ethic and skill set we cannot wait for him to arrive.“
Bajema, a former resident of Michigan and lifelong fan of the Wolverines, joins the Wolverines program after exploding onto the scene after a strong month of July in the AAU circuit. The West Coast prospect camped at U-M over the summer and eventually found himself with an offer from the Wolverines. Bajema led Lynden Christian to its first state championship since 2012 by averaging over 26 points and 7 rebounds per game.
“Cole is a talented player and his passion for Michigan made him a great fit,” said Beilein. “We are excited that his family roots led him back to the State of Michigan. We love it when kids come running through the door to be a part of such a great university. Cole showed a skill that evolved each time we watched him play. He is a versatile player that we are looking forward to developing in our system. With his willingness to work on and off the floor as well as in the classroom makes him a perfect fit.”