May 4, 2016
ANN ARBOR — Michigan coach John Beilein has expressed the desire to add depth on Michigan’s wing for next season.
That could come in the form of a new recruit, Harold Baruti, of Mountain Mission School in Grudy, Virginia.
A 6-foot-6 shooting guard, Baruti was slated for an official visit to U-M on Wednesday.
Baruti, a 2016 prospect from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is unranked by recruiting outlets.
Pawel Mrozik, Baruti’s coach at Mountain Mission, told MLive that Michigan first reached out with interest in Baruti last week. Other power conference programs joining the mix are Utah and Texas Tech.
“High-major teams are just now starting to realize that he might be one of the best guys available,” Mrozik said. “I think that’s where the interest is coming from.”
Mrozik said that Baruti first came to the United State two years ago from DRC.
According to MaxPrep.com stats, Baruti averaged 11.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.5 assists in 37 games as a senior at Mountain Mission. The program was loaded with Division I talent with players now headed to Arizona State, West Virginia, Penn and Pacific.
Baruti recently picked up scholarship offers from Utah State and Tennessee Tech, according to Mrozik.
Michigan currently holds two open scholarships for next season.
On Monday night, Beilein said the addition of an unsigned high school senior is a possibility for the 2016-17 roster. Michigan has previously found success in the spring with Caris LeVert, Spike Albrecht and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman all committing late.
Beilein added that bolstering the wing position is a priority for next year, whether it’s addressed by a 2016 recruit or a graduate transfer.
“That’s a big position that we’d like to fill,” Beilein said. “A guy that can get buckets off the bench and guard people.”
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