Michigan was on the verge of signing five top-100 high school prospects including two five-stars – Josh Christopher and Isaiah Todd – ranked No. 7 and No. 13 respectively. It was a recruiting haul that was expected to rival the famous Fab Five.
But in a truly terrible turn of events, the class imploded in a matter of about 12 hours as both of those five-star players will now be going elsewhere.
Despite a 100 percent crystal ball prediction to Michigan just minutes before his commitment – though a late crystal ball came in for Arizona State – five-star shooting guard Josh Christopher shocked everyone and announced his commitment to the Sun Devils.
It was, to quote MGoBlog, "the biggest basketball recruiting nut punch of ALL TIME."
At a 91 percent favorite, Michigan just had the biggest miss on a top-10 recruit in the history of 24/7Sports' Crystal Ball. pic.twitter.com/r8VtAQFWNi— Eli Boettger (@boettger_eli) April 14, 2020
Hilariously, Michigan actually appears on this list twice, despite rarely being in the mix for top-10 talent in the recruiting rankings era. See, they don't always recruit blue-chip talent, but when they do, they get their hearts ripped out.
And just when they thought it couldn't get much worse, it did!
Just over 12 hours after the Wolverines missed out on Christopher, the other crown jewel of the 2020 recruiting class fell as well, as five-star power forward Isaiah Todd decommitted to pursue a professional career, calling the decision "a no brainer."
Isaiah Todd (@zaytodd) on the decision to decommit from Michigan and turn pro: "I love Coach @JuwanHoward and I love Michigan, but I feel like this was the best decision for me.— Jason Jordan (@JasonJordanSI) April 14, 2020
“My dream has always been to play in the NBA,” Todd told SI. “I just feel like this route will help my game grow even more. I want to be as prepared as possible when the times comes. This was a no-brainer for me."
Michigan still has commitments from three top-100 prospects – No. 32 Hunter Dickinson, No. 69 Zeb Jackson and No. 85 Terrance Williams – but "Tolerable Three" just doesn't quite roll off the tongue.
Look on the bright side, Juwan Howard. At least now there's a scholarship available for your son!