U-M inks Brooks, Livers, Poole to LOI's

Michigan basketball announced the additions of Eli Brooks, Isaiah Livers and Jordan Poole from the 2017 recruiting class.

The Michigan basketball program announced three additions to the team from the 2017 recruiting class on Friday.

Guards Eli Brooks and Jordan Poole as well as forward Isaiah Livers officially signed their letter of intents to play at Michigan and could be officially announced by the program.

"We are pleased to announce three recruits have joined the Michigan basketball program," said U-M head coach John Beilein in a statement. "They are a wonderful group of young men who bring versatility, work ethic and that drive to be successful both academically and athletically. We feel they will fit into our Michigan culture and can only go upwards with their potential. They have the capabilities to help us continue our drive to compete and win future Big Ten championships."

Brooks, from Spring Grove High Pennsylvania, averaged 24.7 points per game, seven rebounds and two assists last season. Playing for his head coach father, the fact that Brooks is a coach's kid was appealing to Beilein.

"Eli has a great feel for the game," said Beilein. "He is a coach's son, so he loves playing and learning about the game. He is a tireless worker in and out of the gym. He plays with a quiet toughness and will be able to play multiple guard positions for us. He can shoot the ball, but his great floor vision allows him to make plays off the ball screen, by scoring or by getting assists."


In-state forward Livers plays basketball at Kalamazoo Central and averaged 14 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks en route to earning All-State honors from the Detroit Free Press. Livers' versatility is something that stuck out to Beilein in his statement.

"Isaiah has a versatility to his game, which we feel will only help us," said Beilein. "He can shoot from the perimeter, is very skilled and is improving his rebounding and passing skills. He is agile enough to be a combo forward who can guard or score in the post and on the perimeter. He comes from a great family, and we love his outstanding attitude, passion for the game and love for the University of Michigan."


Poole, who recently transferred to basketball powerhouse La Lumiere School, spent most of his high school career in Milwaukee where he averaged 18 points per game last season. He also led Milwaukee King High School to back-to-back Milwaukee City Basketball championships.

"Jordan is one of those versatile players who could have an immediate impact with our program," said Beilein. "He is an elite-level passer who finds ways to score while continuing to work on other aspects of his game. He is a confident person on and away from the court. His outgoing personality helps people naturally gravitate to him. Playing at La Lumiere for this final season gives Jordan a chance to play with and against some of the top players in the country. Jordan is a true combo guard who we sense will be a fixture in our backcourt for years to come."


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