|Xavier Simpson – PG | 5’11“, 165 | Lima, Ohio – Lima Senior|
|ESPN: 4-star, #12PG, #66ov||Rivals: 4-star, #87ov||247: 4-star, #16PG, #86ov||Scout: 4-star, #12PG, #55ov|
|Other top offers: Illinois, Wisconsin, Miami, Iowa State|
John Beilein pulled off a stunning upset Wednesday afternoon when Top 100 point guard Xavier Simpson committed to the Wolverines over Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa State, and Miami. The four-star recruit left Michigan off his final list in the morning, but committed to Beilein’s team at a press conference at his school.
Simpson reportedly took a last-minute visit to Ann Arbor over the weekend after visiting Illinois and Wisconsin in the past two weeks.
The 5-foot-11, 165-pound guard is known for his vision and excellent defensive prowess. Though it’s not his calling card, Simpson is an adequate scorer and can shoot from the outside. But his value to Michigan will be in his on-court intelligence and toughness. In high school, he’s developed a reputation for embracing the big moments and coming through in the clutch. Beilein likely sees Simpson as a future leader in the locker room.
Scout.com lists Simpson as the top point guard out of Ohio, No. 12 point guard in the country, and No. 55 overall recruit in the 2016 class.
Simpson is the fourth commit in the 2016 class. He joins forwards Jon Teske and Austin Davis and guard Ibi Watson in what is now a top 20 class for the Wolverines. He will arrive next season when Derrick Walton Jr is a senior and Spike Albrecht departs.