Michigan basketball recruiting: Isaiah Todd turning pro inflicts a wound on Wolverines’ class

In a span of less than 24 hours, Michigan’s vaunted basketball recruiting class has taken two major blows. After five-star wing Joshua Christopher spurned the Wolverines Monday night and committed to Arizona State, five-star power forward Isaiah Todd decommitted from Michigan on Tuesday.

Todd, who is ranked No. 14 overall in the 2020 class according to 247Sports, told Sports Illustrated he plans to pursue a professional career. Collectively, Christopher’s decision and Todd’s decommitment will leave a class that was shaping up as one of the best in Michigan history as a solid — but not elite — haul from coach Juwan Howard’s first recruiting cycle.

The Wolverines have signed four-star guard Zeb Jackson and have commitments from four-star prospects Hunter Dickinson and Terrence Williams, all three of whom are ranked in the top-85 of the class, according to 247Sports. But losing Todd is likely to drop Michigan’s class from the No. 4 spot in the 247Sports team rankings.

Todd, who played for Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C. told Sports Illustrated the decision to turn pro was a “no-brainer for me,” although he will not be eligible to declare for this year’s NBA Draft.

Just 24 hours ago, the Wolverines seemed well-positioned to sign a class that included both Todd and Christopher. But with most industry experts predicting Christopher would commit to the Wolverines, he chose Arizona State instead. Michigan may still have a glimmer of hope in the late signing period, though, as No. 9 overall prospect Greg Brown has the Wolverines in his top-five. Brown is expected to announce his college choice on April 24.

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