John Beilein has a great chance to land some of Michigan's top targets.
Recruiting is underway for several members of the class of 2014, and the Michigan Basketball program has its eyes on at least five highly touted prospects.
If the Wolverines are able to land two of the prospects in this slideshow, they should finish with another top-15 haul. Such a group would set the Maize and Blue up for future runs at Big Ten Conference and national championships.
With that being said, it is time to play a little bit of oddsmaker. The following odds consist of Michigan's chances to land its top five prospects against the field. So, if the Wolverines are listed at 40 percent, the rest of the teams in the mix combine to have a 60 percent chance.
All prospect rankings are courtesy of ESPN unless noted otherwise.
Despite the fact Brad Stevens will no longer be the head coach of the Butler Bulldogs, Trevon Bluiett has not removed them from his list of schools. There were some rumblings he would no longer consider the Bulldogs in light of the recent news. Bluiett's father cleared everything up with Sam Webb of GoBlueWolverine.
Although the coaching change has not eliminated the Bulldogs, it certainly will not help their cause.
"Butler is still on Bluiett’s list but it’s undeniable that Brad Stevens departure will hurt the Bulldogs in his recruitment. It was no secret that Butler was in great shape – most likely leading – for Bluiett’s services," Dylan Burkhardt of UMHoops wrote. "Brad Stevens was handling Bluiett’s recruitment personally and his departure is almost certain to be a blow for the Bulldogs."
The Wolverines appear to have positioned themselves at the front of the pack for Bluiett. There is still plenty of time left for Indiana and Butler to catch up, though. The UCLA Bruins could make a late push for Bluiett as well.
Odds: 3-2 (40 percent)
It is no secret the Michigan Wolverines and Purdue Boilermakers are the two front-runners to land Middletown High School small forward Vince Edwards.
Retaining assistant coach LaVall Jordan, who interviewed for the Butler vacancy, keeps Michigan in the hunt for Edwards. Had the Wolverines been forced to hire a new assistant, it could have damaged their chances.
"Coach Vall, we’re really good. He calls me on the regular,” Edwards told the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. “He’ll call just to get a laugh, or ask me how I’m doing, ask about my grades. He’s treating me like I committed to Michigan already."
At this point, Michigan and Purdue might as well flip a coin to see which of them gets Edwards for the 2014-15 season. Those are the odds each program has right now anyway.
Odds: 1-1 (50 percent)
One of the most versatile big men in the class of 2014 is none other than Kevon Looney. The 5-star prospect has been likened to NBA superstar Kevin Durant given his height and ability to knock down shots from anywhere on the floor.
Michigan is still in the mix for the 6'8", 190-pounder, but just barely. In a recent interview with Dave Telep of ESPN, Looney said he will have a top five by the end of the month. Once that happens, Looney will take official visits and make a decision no later than mid-November.
"Duke, Florida, Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee, Georgetown, Wisconsin and Stanford get a lot of play right now, and the most active head coaches have been John Beilein and Tom Izzo," Telep wrote.
Even if the Wolverines were to make Looney's initial cut, they will have some ground to make up. All of the insiders and analysts at 247Sports have the Milwaukee product heading to Duke.
Until Michigan is able to get Looney on campus for a visit, it remains a long shot at best.
Odds: 19-1 (5 percent)
The race to land 4-star small forward Kameron Chatman is still wide open. Michigan recently joined Arizona, Connecticut, Oregon, UCLA and Washington as the only schools to offer Chatman. The 6'6", 175-pounder claims no favorites at this stage of the process, though.
Scott Sommer of AztecReport recently reported Chatman will look to narrow his focus to just five programs by the end of the summer. This will enable him to make a decision in the fall.
ESPN's Dave Telep believes UCLA will be on the outside looking in once it comes to taking official visits.
There is still a chance for some wild-card teams to enter the fray, though. Duke and Michigan State have begun to take an interest in Chatman. An offer from either could throw a wrench into everyone's possibilities of landing the West Coast native.
Until those teams make the plunge, however, Michigan has as good of a chance as the other four schools Telep sees Chatman officially visiting.
Odds: 4-1 (20 percent)
There are a whole lot of elite college basketball programs hoping Devin Booker chooses them when the national signing period arrives. Michigan is one of those schools, but the competition is getting stiffer by the day.
Duke, Florida and North Carolina are already legitimate contenders for Booker's services. Michigan State falls into that category as well. The latest to enter the sweepstakes is Kentucky. An upcoming trip to the Wildcats' Big Blue Madness could radically change the landscape of Booker's recruitment.
Two things are in Michigan's favor right now. The 5-star shooting guard has visited campus a total of seven times and he has family in the Grand Rapids area. In fact, Booker has spent most of his summer in the Great Lakes State with his mother.
The Maize and Blue should receive an official visit this fall. It will be a tight race to the finish. However, 247Sports' Crystal Ball favors Michigan. No one should discount the other teams in the hunt, but expect Booker to be in Ann Arbor when all is said and done.
Odds: 3-2 (40 percent)