Michigan lands Princeton transfer Jaelin Llewellyn

Michigan basketball has landed a transfer portal commitment from Jaelin Llewellynan Ivy League standout and former top-100 recruit.

The Princeton transfer, a 6-foot-2 combo guard, announced the news on Friday afternoon via his Instagram. He pledged to Juwan Howard’s program after visiting Ann Arbor on a recruiting trip this week.

“Maize Rage what’s good?! Excited to announce my commitment to the University of Michigan,” Llewellyn wrote in his post.

Llewellyn was the 25th best player in the college basketball transfer portal, per 247Sports, and will have immediate eligibility with the Wolverines.

In 2021-22, Llewellyn ranked fifth in the Ivy League with 15.7 points per game and earned first-team all-conference honors. He was eighth in the Ivy League in 3-point percentage (38.6%) and scored in double digits 22 times.

Llewellyn was Princeton’s starting point guard for three seasons and led the Tigers in scoring in 2019-20. (The 2020-21 season was canceled due to Covid-19.) He was a four-star prospect and a top-100 recruit in the class of 2018 out of Virginia Episcopal School (Va.) and hails from Mississauga, Ontario.

He entered the transfer portal in mid-March and verbally committed to Clemson earlier this month before re-opening his recruitment a week later. Alabama, Arkansas, Clemson, Miami, Florida, Tennessee and Villanova all continued interest.

Lewellyn previously awning 247Sports that he is “looking for a place to play right away and at a high level.”

Michigan is that destination. The program lost its two backcourt starters — DeVante’ Jones and eli brooks — after a Sweet Sixteen run in 2022 and will be inexperienced at the position next year.

frankie collins, who impressed during his NCAA Tournament run, projects as the starting point guard next year, but he has not established backup. And the Wolverines have significant question marks at the ‘2,’ where kobe ​​bufkin is the only returning option after an inconsistent freshman campaign.

Michigan has made a habit of bringing in guards through the transfer portal. Former Columbia guard Mike Smith is the most direct connection to the Ivy League; the program also landed DeVante’ Jones in 2021 and Chaundee Brown in 2020.

In addition to Llewellyn, Michigan was also pursuing Texas Tech wing Terrence Shannon Jr., who was in Ann Arbor on a recruiting trip last week. Ace TMI’s Sam Webb reported earlier this weekthe program wasn’t as optimistic that it would land Shannon — and he committed to Illinois minutes before Llewellyn’s public announcement.

Still, with center Hunter Dickinson Returning for a third season, Michigan has the foundation to become one of the most talented teams in the country next year. It’s awaiting the NBA decisions of Caleb Houston and Moussa Diabatewho have until June 1 to choose whether they’ll keep their names in the Draft.

Stay tuned to The Michigan Insider for ongoing updates on the Wolverines’ pivotal offseason.

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