Four-star point guard Xavier Simpson has pledged to play college ball for Michigan and head coach John Beilein.
The 5'11" Simpson, who attends Lima (OH) Senior announced his decision at the school Wednesday. Rivals.com rates him the No. 87 player in the class of 2016.
Simpson's decision came as somewhat of a surprise, as he listed Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa State and Miami as his final four schools before visiting Wisconsin over the past weekend. Reports surfaced that Michigan could be a late-game suitor prior to Simpson's announcement Wednesday.
His commitment came the same day as four-star point guard Cassius Winston out of Detroit (MI) Jesuit announced he dropped Michigan from his final list of schools. Reading between the lines, the two moves have to be seen as related as the dominoes continue to fall in the 2016 class, though it's unclear which side initiated the parting of ways. Winston is down to Pittsburgh, Stanford and Michigan State, the latter of which could pit him against Simpson down the line and add another wrinkle to the in-state rivalry.
Immediate playing time could be available for Simpson, as Derrick Walton Jr. will be a senior and at the moment, the only point guard on the Wolverines roster when Simpson arrives. Though undersized for his position, Simpson is a hard-nosed player who understands how to run a team and makes plays happen, though not the most physically gifted. He averaged more than 19 points per game at this year's Peach Jam, and you can point to the success the Wolverines had with another undersized point, Trey Burke, as an indicator of potential fit between player and school.
Simpson joins four-star center Jon Teske, three-star forward Austin Davis and shooting guard Ibi Watson as the fourth commitment in Michigan's ‘16 class.