One of Michigan basketball’s top targets in the 2021 class is heading elsewhere.
Five-star guard Jalen Warley committed to Florida State on Sunday afternoon, picking the Seminoles over a list of finalists that included Michigan.
Warley is ranked No. 23 overall and the No. 3 combo guard for the class of 2021, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
He was considered a top target for the Wolverines and had family ties to U-M’s coaching staff; Warley’s father and uncle both played at St. Joseph’s when current Michigan assistant Phil Martelli was an assistant coach for the Hawks (Martelli later led the program as head coach for over two decades).
Warley would’ve been a significant addition to Michigan’s recruiting class, considering the need at guard: After the 2020-21 season, U-M is projected to have just two scholarship guards on the roster in Zeb Jackson (a current freshman) and Kobe Bufkin (committed to the 2021 class).
The Wolverines recently extended offers to two point guards in four-star prospect Carter Whitt and four-star prospect Frankie Collins, who had included Michigan in his top eight before the Wolverines even offered.