Hibbits: 'Pay or Not' Wanted to be Blue

Hudsonville (Mich.) 2015 SF Brent Hibbits discusses his commitment to the Michigan basketball team as a preferred walk-on.

Brent Hibbits had options.

He could either accept one of his multiple Davison 1 offers or choose to play basketball for Michigan as a preferred walk-on.

After multiple visits to U-M's campus, the 2015 small forward went with his heart -- and chose Michigan.

"They brought me down for a game against Rutgers last March," said Hibbits, who stared locally at Hudsonville (Mich.) High. "They said they would love to have me as a preferred walk-on. Then after that I went back on a visit [on May 7]. I got to talk to coaches more and see the campus. I made my decision [last] Monday.

"I wouldn't say it was tough, but once I saw everything I knew it was somewhere I wanted to go. But I did have other Division 1 offers. So that was a little tough to turn down. But once I saw Michigan and saw the facilities, to meet the coaches even more, and build a relationship with them, I knew whether I had to pay or not this was a place I wanted to be at."

At 6-foot-8, 210-pounds, Hibbitts averaged 17.5 points and 11.5 rebounds in his senior year at Hudsonville. He said his decision to become a Wolverine was an easy choice and was well received by Michigan coach John Beilien and his staff.

"They were really excited," he said. "When I came down to visit they said they really liked me and really want to coach me. They would love to have me on the team. So when I called, I told coach Beilein that I wanted to commit. He was really excited. All the coaches were excited. They all sent me messages saying they were happy for me to join the Wolverine family."

Before choosing Michigan, Hibbits held 15 offers and chose the Wolverines over notable schools Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Toledo, Vermont and Appalachian State among others. But a major deciding factor was the opportunity to play later on his career at Michigan.

"The redshirt conversation hasn't come up yet," he said. "I would be open to that. It's really up to them. From what they said, they see me playing later on in my career. Obviously, not right away. it's tough to just step in and play, especially on such a good team. Later on in my career, I think they want me to play. That was a major reason why I did I it. because I knew I would have a chance to play. Not just sit all four years."

As far as what Michigan is getting in Hibbits, he says he's a wing that can do a little bit of everything on the court.

"Some people say I'm a stretch four. But I'm more comfortable on the wing actually. I do a little bit of everything. I can dribble, shoot, pass. Just do everything solid. I'm pretty fundamental. I think my versatility helps me a lot. My athleticism is what's lacking right now. So I need to work on that once I get to college."


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