July 23, 2021

Michigan signees Houstan, Diabate and Michigan State signee Akins face off in Florida

Three of the nations top high school basketball prospects took the court in Fort Myers Fla this week with their respective clubs in the GEICO Nationals

Michigan signees Caleb Houstan (Montverde Academy) and Moussa Diabate (IMG Academy) showed why they were worthy of playing for Juwan Howard and the Wolverines during the mythical high school basketball national championship tournament vbeing played at Florida SouthWestern State College

Sunrise Christian (Kan) guard Jaden Akins a Michigan State signee will have to go through both Michigan prospects to lift a national title trophy Akins totaled 14 points while adding four boards for the Buffaloes in their 70-63 semifinal win over IMG Friday evening

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Hell now face Houstan and Montverde for the fourth time this season in the championship game at noon Saturday

The 6-foot-3 Akins is ranked 63rd in ESPN 100 55th in the 247Sports Composite and 47th on Rivals

Its gonna be fun Akins said I feel like Im just getting better playing against those guys Theyre talented And I feel like I can play with anybody so its going to be fun playing against them

Well worry about that next year Weve got this to finish right now But its going to be exciting Ill worry about that when I get there

Ranked No 7 in the ESPN 100 Houstan committed to Michigan last fall shortly before Diabate committed there just over a week later giving the Wolverines the top recruiting class in the nation

Montverdes Caleb Houstan goes up strong on Oak Hills Jalen Ricks to score Montverde Academy faced Mouth of Wilson (Va) Oak Hill Academy in the quarterfinals of the GEICO Nationals held at FSW in Fort Myers Florida Thursday April 1 2021
Houstan said hes particularly excited to work with Howard who will be entering his third season with the Wolverines and was named the Associated Press Coach of the Year on Thursday

“I feel like the culture that they’re building there is something that I really want to be a part of” said the 6-foot-7 forward after Montverdes 85-64 win over Virginias Oak Hill Academy It’s only a couple months away so I can’t wait to get there and start working

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Houstan highlighted how the quality of play in the Big Ten has evolved over the past few years

I think they have a lot of good teams Houstan said A lot of good players a lot of good coaches They have a lot of depth and had the most teams in the (NCAA) Tournament this year I think the overall league in terms of quality teams is really really good and really competitive

Diabate chose the Wolverines over Kentucky and IMG head coach Sean McAloon told the Athletic in November that Howard is getting a very athletic big man

Hes versatile and hes one of the hardest-working kids Ive been around McAloon said A lot of kids say they want to be good but they dont put in the time Hes extremely multi-dimensional multi-talented He told me (last) spring I have food and water a place to sleep here Im safe and I have the gym every day Thats all I need

Moussa doesnt skip any reps on the court or in the weight room He does everything to the max With his talent and work ethic the combination makes him dangerous