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Former Holt High standout Jaron Faulds is heading closer to home.

Faulds announced on Twitter Friday that he's transferring from Columbia to Michigan and joining the basketball program as a preferred walk-on.

"I'm proud to announce that my journey now takes me to the University of Michigan!" Faulds tweeted. "So thankful for the opportunity to be a part of something special and contribute wherever I'm needed most.

"There is still a long way for me to go to become the player that I envision myself being, but after the EYBL and one full year of D1 basketball, I'm confident I will only add to the great chemistry that already exists at (Michigan)."

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Faulds (6-foot-10) appeared in 26 games as a true freshman at Columbia last season. He averaged 4.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and one block in 14.2 minutes, and shot a team-best 59.6 percent from the field.

A former three-star prospect and No. 7 recruit in Michigan for 2017, Faulds averaged 17 points, 11.5 rebounds and four blocks his senior season at Holt and was named a McDonald's All-America Team nominee. He also holds Holt's career records for blocks (261) and rebounds (782). 

Due to NCAA transfer rules, Faulds will have to sit out the 2018-19 season before he's eligible to play. He'll have three seasons of eligibility remaining and will give Michigan another big body along with centers Jon Teske, Austin Davis and Colin Castleton.

"(Faulds) has a lot of potential and brings collegiate experience to this young team," Michigan coach John Beilein said in a statement. "With a lot of hard work, he will play an important role in our team's development and future success in the years to come."

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