What is Michigan getting in 2016 Lima (Ohio) point guard Xavier Simpson? Scout's Brian Snow has the details.

What is Michigan getting in 2016 Lima (Ohio) point guard Xavier Simpson? Scout's Brian Snow has the details.

Michigan's pursuit of point guards in the 2016 class took many twists and turns before eventually finding and securing the signature of Lima (Ohio) four-star Xavier Simpson.

After originally stating he would decide between Wisconsin, Illinois, Miami and Iowa State, Simpson chose Michigan at the last minute, capping off a quick and very quiet recruiting process with the Wolverines.

At the end of the day, John Beilein and his staff were able to reel in one of the best point guards in the country though, ranked as the No. 54 overall player in the class.

But Simpson didn't get to Ann Arbor without a little help as Scout.com National Basketball Recruiting Analyst Brian Snow noted, on Sports Talk 1050AM WTKA with Sam Webb.

"I think my favorite part about this recruitment is, in essence Wisconsin paid for his unofficial visit to Michigan," Snow said. "Because, to help people out here, he's from Lima which is Northwest Ohio, not quite Toledo but Northwest Ohio. They flew out of Detroit to Madison. When they few back from Madison to Detroit, they drove to Ann Arbor and then back down. 

"Well, Wisconsin pays for the flight from Detroit to Madison and also pays his mileage that he drove from there to Detroit. So almost in essence they paid for him to make an unofficial visit to Michigan that he ended up committing to. That's one of my favorites ever."

Despite the odd circumstances, the 5-foot-10, 155-pound point guard can really get up and down the floor and proved to be worth the hype with a strong AAU season this past spring and summer.

Known for developing point guards from Ohio, with the greatest example being Trey Burke, currently with the Utah Jazz, Simpson should fit in well with the Wolverines.

"But as a player, this is a kid who reminds me a lot of T.J. McConnell who is tearing it up in the NBA," Snow said. "That might be a strong adjective but playing really well in the NBA. 

"He's a tough kid, a good not great shooter but he's just a great leader, a good passer and really good defender. He just does everything it takes for his team to win. This is a kid I just love and one of my favorites in the class."


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