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Posted on Fri, Mar 26, 2010 : 2:18 p.m.

Forward Jon Horford of Grand Ledge commits to Michigan basketball team

By Michael Rothstein

Michigan basketball coach John Beilein spent a lot of this past season explaining his team's need for size in the future.

On Friday, the Wolverines got some. Jon Horford, a 6-foot-9 forward from Grand Ledge, confirmed to this afternoon that he committed to Michigan.

Horford is the younger brother of current Atlanta Hawk Al Horford. He picked Michigan over Providence and California.

Although he is thin, he'll give Michigan much-needed size in the post with the graduation of DeShawn Sims and Zack Gibson. He'll also give the Wolverines a defensive presence, saying in January that rebounding and shot blocking are two of his better attributes.

Horford joins forward Evan Smotrycz and guard Tim Hardaway Jr. in the Class of 2010. He cannot, however, sign his letter of intent until the spring signing period next month and Beilein cannot comment about Horford until then.

Game film of Jon Horford.

Michael Rothstein covers University of Michigan basketball for He can be reached at (734) 623-2558, by e-mail at or follow along on Twitter @mikerothstein.



Sat, Mar 27, 2010 : 8:42 a.m.

Welcome to MICHIGAN Jon! Go Blue! v


Fri, Mar 26, 2010 : 8:22 p.m.

He will be a good player in two years. He needs to mature physically and mentally.


Fri, Mar 26, 2010 : 7:28 p.m.

Beilein can't recruit - your expectations are just that low. BTW, Harris is leaving. Good luck with that next year with Novak being your top player.


Fri, Mar 26, 2010 : 6:56 p.m.

Sounds like he could be a great addtion. Go Blue!


Fri, Mar 26, 2010 : 3:01 p.m.

Horford has good blood lines and some MUCH needed size. I like to hear that he stresses shot-blocking. This is an area Michigan has badly lacked in since Ekpe Udoh left the program. Welcome to Jon and Go Blue!


Fri, Mar 26, 2010 : 2:05 p.m.

Alright, good news...GO BLUE!


Fri, Mar 26, 2010 : 2:04 p.m.

Great pickup. Despite all the people saying, "Beilein can't recruit", this is turning into a very good 2010 class.