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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

U-M adds fourth recruit to 2010 men's basketball class

Michigan coach John Beilein got a fourth — and likely final — commitment for the 2010 class, adding Colton Christian, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound swingman from Hargrave Military Academy (Va.).

Both and reported that Christian and his father visited Ann Arbor last weekend, and Christian committed early this week. He joins Grand Ledge forward Jon Horford, who committed in March, and Evan Smotrycz and Tim Hardway Jr., who both signed on last year.

"It was really good," Christian told of his weekend trip. "It's just a great atmosphere and a good bunch of players. They came up even though they were out of school — I had a chance to meet them and the whole staff, and it seemed like a really good fit. It was somewhere I can definitely see myself playing the next four years."

Hargrave coach Kevin Keatts told Christian averaged around 13 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. The last player Beilein nabbed out of Hargrave was former West Virginia star Joe Alexander, who was drafted eighth overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2008 draft.

But before you get visions of an instant replacement for Manny Harris (like Trey Zeigler would have been), it's worth noting that the Wolverines swiped Christian from Conference USA juggernaut Tulane, where he'd originally committed last fall, only to reopen his recruitment after coach Dave Dickerson and his staff were jettisoned after the season. And before he went to Hargrave, he was being recruited by Montana, St. Anselm and Sacred Heart — along with the Green Wave — out of Bellevue (Wash.) High School.

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