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November 21, 2001The Michigan men's basketball program issued a press release on Tuesday stating that it has received letters of intent from all five of its commitments in the senior class:
Lester Abram, a 6-5 wing from Pontiac, Mich.
Amadou Ba, a 6-10 center from Bridgton, Maine
Graham Brown, a 6-9 forward from Mio, Mich.
Daniel Horton, a 6-2 point guard from Cedar Hill, Texas
Chris Hunter, a 6-11 center from Gary, Ind.
"We are extremely proud and excited that all five young men will be a part of the Michigan basketball family," head coach Tommy Amaker commented in the release. "All five players are versatile with outstanding athletic ability and commitment to academics. We think they will have a very promising future here at Michigan."
Abram cited Amaker as a major reason for his decision to sign with Michigan. He was the first to commit to Amaker; after initially giving then-head coach Brian Ellerbe a verbal commitment in August of 2000, he reopened his recruitment when Ellerbe was dismissed, then recommitted in late May.
"I liked the way he coached," Abram said last week. "I'd never met him, but just from watching him on TV, and then when I met him, I could see he was a good coach and a good person. I also like the people he brought in in the class with me."
Abram (far right) first met Horton (near right) in late June, when the latter took the unofficial visit to Ann Arbor that yielded the Wolverines' second commitment. "Me and Daniel are real cool," he said. "Me and Graham, we played on the same team this summer, so we're real cool."
Abram, Brown and Horton took their official visits together in October, by which time all of them had committed. "It was really comfortable down there," Brown said of the weekend. "There wasn't anything uncomfortable about it. Lester knew (Daniel) pretty well already. We got to messing around and stuff. We always had something to talk about."
Hunter and Ba took their official visits at the same time as one another, but none of the other recruits were present at the time. "I've never met Chris Hunter," Abram said. "I saw him, but I never met him personally."
"We played Bloomington Red (Hunter's AAU team), but I wasn't there for that one," Brown (right) said. While he has not met Ba, Brown said that the coaches have told him about the big Mauritanian. "They just told me that he's only been playing for like four years, so he should have a lot of improvement still ahead of him," he said.
"I've played with a couple of them at camps this summer," Hunter said, "and I've seen most of them play. It's a great group of guys, and it's a great opportunity to come in on the ground floor with Coach Amaker."
Next week's issue of The Wolverine magazine will have a full two-page feature story on Michigan's 2002 signees, including many more comments from Abram, Brown, Hunter and others. If you are not currently a subscriber, you can subscribe or order a single issue by calling (800) 421-7751 during normal business hours.