Michigan adds Brent Hibbitts as preferred walk-on

Dylan Burkhardt

Michigan added a commitment from five-star wing guard Tyus Battle this afternoon, but the Wolverines weren’t done. Hudsonville forward Brent Hibbitts pledged to John Beilein and his staff as a preferred walk-on.

“I want to thank every school and coach that has recruited me in this process. It was truly a blessing. At the end of the day, my heart led me to one school,” Hibbitts wrote on Twitter. “With that being said, I am very honored, and blessed to say that I have officially committed to The University of Michigan!!!”

Hibbitts, a 6-foot-8 shooter, averaged 17.3 points, 11 rebounds and 2.5 blocks and shot 48% from the floor as a senior. Hibbitts took recruiting visits to Vermont and American and chose the Wolverines over several mid-major offers from other schools.

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  • ZRL

    I wonder if part of the reason why Max isn’t coming back is that they told Hibbits he would get a one year scholarship for this upcoming year if he came in as a preferred walk-on? He seems better than most walk-ons

    • swinawer

      No chance of that. The Big Ten guarantees 4 year scholarships now.

      • I actually think this would legal. Walk-on scholarships are for a season, not four year scholarships. Now, Michigan might also give the scholarship to Lonergan or Dakich, walk-ons that have been in the program longer.

        • swinawer

          I don’t see how an incoming freshman can be promised a scholarship and be a walk-on. At best, that sounds like a dubious way of trying to circumvent a rule. It’s certainly not Beilein’s style.

          • Not saying that’s the case, but that it wouldn’t be illegal.

            Preferred walk-on means that you are promised a spot on the roster, but not a scholarship. Similar situation to Dakich, Lonergan who were both recruited walk-ons.

          • swinawer

            Dylan, at least one of us is confused. I know that’s what a preferred walk-on means. I was replying to a suggestion that he was promised a scholarship for his first year. Wouldn’t that mean he’s not a preferred walk-on? He would be a scholarship player not guaranteed his four years. That’s something the Big Ten does not allow.

          • My point was that preferred walk-ons can receive scholarships at some point during their career. Those aren’t four year scholarships.

            For example, it wouldn’t surprise me if Sean Lonergan or Andrew Dakich received a scholarship this year because there’s an open one.

  • winners choice

    Great pick up! This kid can play. I realize that some fans are never happy but this a great pick up.

  • Champswest

    Even our walk-ons are big.