September 22, 2017
The Michigan basketball pipeline into Ontario is alive and well.
Four-star forward Ignas Brazdeikis, a top-100 player in the class of 2018, announced his commitment to the Wolverines on Friday.
In a post on Twitter, the 6-foot-8, 220-pound Brazdeikis thanked his high school and youth coaches and family for supporting him in his decision. 247Sports ranks Brazdeikis (recruiting profile) as the 91st best player in the class of 2018, and 22nd best small forward.
“I am very proud and excited to announce that I am committed to coach Beilein and the University of Michigan!! #Goblue”
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— Ignas Brazdeikis (@_iggy_7) September 22, 2017
Scout.com first reported the news late Friday, with Brazdeikis – who visited Ann Arbor two weeks ago – telling the college scouting website Michigan “was like a dream school for me.”
“It was the first school I knew about,” Brazdeikis told Scout.com’s Evan Daniels. “I used to watch them play on TV and look at them, and I could always see myself playing for them.”
Brazdeikis was born in Lithuania and raised in Canada, where he currently resides and plays for Orangeville Prep (Ontario). 247 Sports lists him as a shooting guard, but he has the capability of playing three or four positions on the court.
And perhaps more importantly, he can score. Brazdeikis is known on the AAU circuit for several 50-point outbursts, including two in March.
He joins four-star point guard David DeJulius (Detroit), four-star power forward Brandon Johns (East Lansing) and three-star power forward Taylor Currie (Clarkston) in Michigan’s 2018 recruiting class.
Fellow Ontarian, and former Michigan player himself, Nik Stauskas celebrated the news of Brazdeikis’ commitment Friday night.
— Nik Stauskas (@NStauskas11) September 22, 2017