Michigan men’s basketball program announced the signings of 4-star guard Jordan Poole, 3-star guard Eli Brooks and 4-star forward Isaiah Livers to its 2017 recruiting class on Friday.
The trio ranks as the 26th-best recruiting class in the nation, according to 247 Sports.
“We are pleased to announce three recruits have joined the Michigan basketball program,” Michigan coach John Beilein said in a prepared 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.”
Poole signed his letter of intent on Tuesday. He has the ability to contribute immediately as a freshman, according to Belein. The Milwaukee guard averaged 18.2 points per game for King High School last season. He is the state’s top prospect.
“Jordan is one of those versatile players who could have an immediate impact with our program,” Beilein said. “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.”
Brooks averaged 24.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists while playing for his father, James Brooks, at Spring Grove (Pa.) last season. Brooks is the 40th-best point guard in the 2017 class.
“Eli has a great feel for the game,” Beilein said. “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.”
Livers is the only signee from Michigan. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 14.0 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.3 blocks last year for Kalamazoo Central. He earned all-state honors from the Detroit Free Press (second team) and Associated Press (honorable mention).
Livers, the second-best recruit in Michigan, told Wolverine247 that his goals for the upcoming season are to win Michigan’s Mr. Basketball and prepare for playing in Ann Arbor.