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DeJulius “Great Feeling” Committing to U-M

The Wolverines picked up their first commitment in the 2018 class when Detroit (Mich.) Edison point guard David DeJulius gave his verbal pledge to Michigan. He talks about his commitment, the skill set he will bring to Ann Arbor and more.

Detroit (Mich.) Edison 2018 point guard David DeJulius has always idolized the Wolverines’ basketball program growing up and on Thursday night, he made that dream become reality by committing to Michigan.

“They have always been recruiting me, but just offered me a week ago,” DeJulius told The Michigan Insider. “I always grew up wanting to go to Michigan and I wanted to commit then when they offered, but I wanted to think and make sure it wasn’t just from my emotions. I wanted to think it through and make sure I was making the right decision. There is no better decision than this because it is such a great environment, great education and great program. 

The 6-foot, 188-pound floor general has been a recruit the headman himself, John Beilein, has had an eye on for a while. Beilein was recently on hand to watch his monster 46 point game last week. 

“I just went out there and didn’t pay no attention to him being there,” said DeJulius. “I just relaxed and played my game. I talked to later and he said even if you didn’t have 46, I would have still offered you. Other than scoring, you are a great player and play the game the right way. It was just a great feeling.”

“Coach Beilein has come to watch me play like 20 times and had been watching me since I was going into my 9th grade year,” DeJulius added. “(Our relationship) is great. He is a great guy and great coach. It is great to have someone like him recruit me, who coaches at a great university, so it’s just a great feeling.”

However, Beilein wasn’t alone in courting DeJulius as assistant coach Saddi Washington tag-teamed in his recruitment too. 

“Me and Coach Saddi go back to when he was at Oakland,” said DeJulius. “We have a close relationship and have spoken a lot. Him and Coach Beilein were really the main recruiters. He is such a great person and is not going to lie to you. He does what is best for the kids and is just an overall good person.”

What is Coach Beilein’s vision with the Motor City standout going forward?

“He wants me to make an impact immediately,” said DeJulius. “He wants me to lead the team offensively and defensively. He told me that he wants me to be the one that he coaches in college, so I’m ready. It is great. All the hard work I have put in to get to this moment and for him to just tell me that is such a great feeling.”

DeJulius held offers from DePaul, Toledo, Detroit Mercy, Oakland and also heard from Michigan State, but knew Michigan was the place for him having camped and visited six times. Now, he plans to come in ready to make his presence felt through hard work.

“I’m tough, a leader and hard worker,” said DeJulius. “Everything else just kind of follows because of the hard work and the dedication I have put in. I am going to come out and lead my team and do whatever I can to win.”

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