A few scholarships opened on the Michigan men’s basketball roster this week, but one of them won’t be going to Bryce Aiken.
The graduate transfer from Harvard chose Seton Hall on Thursday over a group of four finalists that included Michigan.
“No place like home,” the New Jersey native wrote on social media.
Aiken appeared near the top of rankings listing the top immediately-eligible transfers. His other potential destinations were Iowa State and Maryland.
Michigan had been tight on scholarships until this week, when a pair of sophomores, guard David DeJulius and center Colin Castleton, entered the transfer portal and incoming freshman Jace Howard announced he’d be walking on next season.
Aiken, a 6-foot guard from Randolph, New Jersey, was the Ivy League’s Rookie of the Year in 2016-17 after averaging 14.5 points per game. A knee injury, which eventually required surgery, cost him the end of his sophomore and start of his junior seasons. This past season, he was averaging 22.2 points per game before a foot injury in late December sidelined him for the rest of the year.
Aiken admitted that not being able to visit schools — he’s never been to Michigan — has presented “unique challenges.” In the end, he chose a school close to home.
Aiken attended New Jersey powerhouse St. Patrick’s and was the No. 86 player in the 2016 recruiting class per the 247sports composite. At Harvard, he was coached by former Michigan coach Tommy Amaker.
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