The Competition: Kentucky and Michigan State
Only five schools are still in the hunt for Devin Booker. The 5-star shooting guard trimmed his list in mid-August with Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State and Missouri the programs that Booker is sstill considering.
The stiffest competition Michigan has in this race is Michigan State and Kentucky. The Spartans can offer Booker a chance to play near his mother, a native of Grand Rapids, Mich., and the opportunity to potentially share the court with Tyler Ulis. Kentucky is actively recruiting Ulis as well.
"He's not tied at the hip with point guard Tyler Ulis, as some have said, though Ulis (who we believe is a Kentucky lean) will try to get Booker to follow him," wrote Chris Balas of TheWolverine.com (subscription required). "That's a relationship that shouldn't be blown off."
There is a bit of a silver lining when it comes to Kentucky being a factor here, though. The Wildcats could not take on both Booker and James Blackmon Jr. This will help Michigan's chances with the other if one winds up signing with John Calipari at Kentucky.
Booker recently enjoyed an official visit to East Lansing and has three more on tap. The Moss Point High School star will tour Kentucky (Sept. 9), Michigan (Oct. 5) and Missouri (Oct. 19) before making a decision.
Missouri is the dark horse. Booker's father, Melvin, was the Big Eight Player of the Year in 1994 and a member of the Hall of Fame of Intercollegiate Athletics of the University of Missouri. Do not think for a second this does not help the Tigers.
If Booker makes it out of Lexington, Ky., without committing and the Wolverines blow him away on his official visit, Maize and Blue fans should have something to cheer about very soon.