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Michigan adds four-star point guard Frankie Collins to 2021 class

James Hawkins
The Detroit News

With grad transfer Mike Smith and senior Eli Brooks set to use their final year of eligibility this season, Michigan was searching to add a ball-handling guard to its recruiting haul.

The Wolverines checked that need off the list on Wednesday night when they received a commitment from Frankie Collins, a four-star prospect from Coronado High in Henderson, Nevada, and one of the top point guards in the 2021 class.

Four-star point guard Frankie Collins is the fourth commit in Michigan's 2021 recruiting class.

Collins (6-foot-1, 180 pounds) chose Michigan over Arizona State, Auburn, Georgetown, Kansas, New Mexico, USC and Vanderbilt.

Of his finalists, Michigan was the last one to offer and did so on Aug. 7 — nearly a month after Collins included the Wolverines in his top eight schools on July 10. Yet, it didn’t take long for Michigan to gain an edge in his recruitment.

In a first-person piece written for Sports Illustrated, Collins noted he wasn’t able to visit Ann Arbor like he had hoped due to the coronavirus pandemic and was leaning toward Auburn at one point. But the more he talked with Michigan’s coaching staff, the more comfortable he grew and the more the Wolverines emerged as the clear choice.

“I’m glad I took my time and thought everything out because I know I’m at the right place,” Collins wrote.

“They’re just really genuine there and they really care about me and helping me succeed.”

It also helped that Collins knew coach Juwan Howard since he was a kid and already had a relationship with him. When he was younger, Collins played against Howard’s son Jace, who is now his future teammate at Michigan.

“Coach Juwan is really close with my family; he and my uncle have been close for a while. I would always see him around growing up and take pictures with him,” Collins wrote. “I know he’ll take care of me there, no question.”

Rated the No. 9 point guard and No. 57 overall recruit in the 2021 class by the 247Sports composite, Collins is viewed as a pass-first floor general who makes plays for his teammates, can finish at the rim and has room to grow as a shooter.

He averaged 13.9 points and 6.2 assists per game last season at Compass Prep in Chandler, Arizona. He announced in June he was transferring to Coronado for his senior year, where he will team up with five-star guard Jaden Hardy.

“I just really felt more of a family atmosphere at Michigan, and I felt like it was the best place for me to grow as a person and as a basketball player,” Collins wrote.

“I love their system because they play through their point guard and through a lot of ball screens. In that system it’s easier to create and play off of your instincts.”

Collins is the fourth commit and the highest-ranked prospect in Michigan’s 2021 recruiting class. He joins four-star guard Kobe Bufkin of Grand Rapids (No. 76 overall recruit), four-star wing Isaiah Barnes of Illinois (No. 115) and three-star forward Will Tschetter of Minnesota (No. 155).

With Collins in the fold, the Wolverines have at least one remaining scholarship left for the 2021-22 season and could turn their attention to adding a big man — like 7-footer Efton Reid or 6-11 Canadian product Charles Bediako — to the mix. They are also one of six finalists in the running for Harrison Ingram, a five-star wing from Dallas, and Brandon Weston, a four-star guard from Chicago.

jhawkins@detroitnews.com

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