Michigan lands 4-star point guard Xavier Simpson

Rod Beard
The Detroit News
Xavier Simpson

Michigan lost out on Cassius Winston but won on Xavier Simpson.

Simpson, a four-star point guard from Lima, Ohio, on Wednesday committed to the Wolverines.

The timing could not have been better for John Beilein and the Wolverines, who lost out on Winston, a star point guard from U-D Jesuit High, earlier Wednesday.

Winston eliminated Michigan in his recruitment and wrote on Twitter that his three finalists were, in no order, Michigan State, Pittsburgh and Stanford.

Winston, a 6-foot combo guard, was projected as the heir apparent to UM junior guard Derrick Walton Jr., but the Wolverines instead will turn to Simpson.

Michigan apparently had been working on Simpson all along, as he reportedly made a visit to the UM campus last weekend.

Simpson (5-10, 155 pounds) is ranked the No. 12 point guard in the nation and the No. 1 point guard in Ohio by Scout.com for the 2016 recruiting class.

On Monday, Simpson told Scout.com that he had narrowed his choices to Illinois, Iowa State, Miami and Wisconsin. However, Michigan rose up to join the leaders in the past two days.

Simpson, ranked the No. 55 player overall in the Scout 100, made his announcement at Lima High School.

Simpson's AAU team is the King James Shooting Stars.

"With his ability to make others better as well as create for himself, Simpson really raised his stock during the month of July, especially with his extremely impressive performance at the Nike Peach Jam," analyst Brian Snow wrote on Scout.com.

Michigan previously had a verbal commitment from 2016 wing Tyus Battle, who flipped and decided to commit to Syracuse. The Wolverines still have big men Austin Davis and Jon Teske, along with guard Ibi Watson, in the 2016 class.