2014 Rankings Report: Michigan

Here is a look at where the Michigan Wolverines commitments come in, in the final 2014 rankings, and why they are ranked where they are.

Over the past few years John Beilein has done a tremendous job of finding late bloomers like Caris LeVert or underrated prospects such as Trey Burke to build one of the most successful programs in the country. Now Beilein is bringing in another very strong 2014 class headed by a five-star point guard.

Wing Kameron Chatman's ranking actually remained unchanged at No. 23 in the country, but his impressive senior season bumped up his rating from four-star to five-star. The reason for the bump was pretty straightforward. Chatman just continued to get better. He still isn't a great outside shooter, but he can hit from the mid-range, is an excellent athlete, and also is one of the best rebounders for a wing in the class.

In several in-person viewings Chatman really stood out and showed what makes him one of the top prospects in this class. Add in that physically Chatman is just beginning to mature and come into his own, and it is easy to see why he become one of the most heavily recruited prospects in the country during the summer and fall. Now Chatman will have to continue to improve his jumper, but his length, versatility, and toughness all made him someone who we felt had to be moved into the five-star range.

While Chatman saw a bump in his rating, D.J. Wilson saw his ranking and rating both soar. An unranked three-star coming out of the summer, Wilson is now No. 67 overall and considered a four-star prospect. Wilson has gotten bigger and stronger over the past six months, and that combines with an excellent size and skill combination to push him comfortably into the top 100.

Wilson really impressed national analyst Evan Daniels during January in an in-person viewing, and now the 6-foot-9 forward has a chance to come in and be a big time contributor for the Wolverines. He still needs to add strength, but everything else is there, and Wilson is someone who is definitely on the rise.

The other three pledges in this class are Ricky Doyle, Aubrey Dawkins and Muhammad Abdur-Rahkman. Doyle was seen again at the City of Palms event, and he was still viewed as a solid three-star prospect. A skilled center, Doyle isn't very athletic and can struggle with length and on the defensive end, though he does know how to score facing the basket on offense.

Abdur-Rahkman wasn't seen during this high school season, but in the past he showed a decent all-around game for a wing, and is someone who scored going to the rim and with the mid-range jumper. Rahkman is also a solid athlete, but not an elite one. He also remained unranked in the final rankings.

Dawkins would fit the mold of the late bloomer that Beilein has done so well with. He had a very solid year at New Hampton Prep, and earned a lot of buzz late in the process. While he struggled against top competition at the NBA Camp in the summer, the word is Dawkins has made tremendous strides and could be a late steal on the wing for the Wolverines.

Overall this isn't one of the elite classes in the country, but the top two of Chatman and Wilson make it a group that should easily come in and make a solid impact right away, with big time potential down the road. Wilson could be the one at the end of the day who people look back on and wonder how Michigan got him off the West Coast.

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