Michigan Reaches Limit With Forward Commitments

It was a big weekend for Michigan football as the Wolverines drilled Illinois. However, while the Wolverines were getting it done on the gridiron, Tommy Amaker was busy taking commitments from a pair of big men.

Wolverines Add Two

Tommy Amaker's Michigan Wolverines added some much needed depth on their frontline this weekend. Making official visits to Ann Arbor were forwards Chris Hunter and Amadou Ba. Our sources confirmed that both left campus after having given the Wolverines commitments.

Hunter, ranked No. 92 in our post-summer rankings, is a 6-10, 210 pound power forward from Gary (IN) Westside. He started slow with the Bloomington Red team in the spring but gained momentum from the summer camps and the Peach Jam. He's a talented shot blocker and can step out and shoot the ball from the perimeter.

Ba, a 6-10, 240-pounder who played high school ball in Alabama last season, is currently enrolled at Bridgton (ME) Bridgton Academy. Physically, he's there. He's big and strong, and needs to continue working on developing his offensive game. Ba played for Mark Komara's Southeast Raptors on the AAU circuit.

The Wolverines reached the NCAA-mandated five scholarship players in one year. Their class includes three big men – Hunter, Ba and Graham Brown – giving them the size they'll need to rebuild that frontline.

The backcourt and perimeter is where the Wolverines signed their strongest bunch of players. Point guard Daniel Horton is the real deal and he'll be a big-time player as soon as he steps onto campus. Swingman Lester Abram is a battler and his toughness, rebounding and athleticism mesh well with what Amaker is building in Ann Arbor.

Now, the Wolverines will be able to get a head start on the class of 2003. Expect them to continue their focus on bigs, looking to land one of those prime post prospects in the class. This year's effort yielded a Top 25 guard, Top 50 swingman and Top 100 post player in Horton, Abrams and Hunter.


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