John Beilein talks to the media at the NBA Draft Lottery in Chicago when he leaves U-M on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, for his job as head coach for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press
Michigan's top-ranked signer returns to the market.
J Allen Wilson, striker of Denton (Texas) Guyer, has asked for release of his letter of intent and will resume his recruitment after John Beilein's departure for the Cleveland Cavaliers, as Wilson announced on Twitter on Thursday.
"First, I want to thank God for giving me the opportunity to join the Michigan family last May," Wilson tweeted. "I also want to thank the coaches and the city of Ann Arbor for their incredible love and support, and due to the head coach's sudden change, I applied for my release from the University of Michigan and will open my recruiting."
Wilson, the 50th ranked prospect in the 2019 class according to the 247Sports Composite, the pledged in Michigan last May and signed to the Wolverines in November.
Wilson told the Free Press that he was surprised when Monday morning word came from Beilein's departure.
"I was just shocked," Wilson said on Monday night. "I did not mean to believe it, it's news, so I was just shocked, you know, look at what it's going to be."
] Denton Guyer Watchman Jalen Wilson (10) drives into the net in the first half of Chaparral High School against Bishop Gorman. (Photo: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports)
In order to reopen his recruitment and consider other schools, Wilson had to apply for a release from his letter of intent. If Michigan does not grant Wilson release, he would have to spend a year at another school.
Michigan did not immediately respond to an email on Thursday requesting a comment.
Wilson's decision means that Michigan's class belongs to only one player – the 4-star wing Cole Bajema, who has not publicly commented on Beilein's departure.
Michigan now has two open scholarships for the team from 2019 to 20120 until the decision of Ignas Brazdeikis. If Brazdeikis remains in the NBA draft, the Wolverines would receive three scholarships.