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Transfer of Cole Bajema from Michigan Basketball to Washington

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Michigan first-year student Cole Bajema discusses his expectations for the season and the opportunity to come on October 31, 2019.

Detroit Free Press

A native of Washington, Cole Bajema is back in the Pacific Northwest after a single season at Ann Arbor.

Michigan basketballThe guard, who entered the transfer portal earlier this month, announced via Twitter on Saturday evening that he was being transferred to Washington.

Bajema’s tweet: “First of all, I want to thank the University of Michigan and all the fans for all the support. I am grateful for all the relationships and memories that I have created there. After careful consideration, I am delighted to announce that I will be joining the UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON. Come on Dawgs! ”

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The 6-7-175 pound guard originally signed up for Michigan when John Beilein was head coach. New coach Juwan Howard acted quickly to make sure the four-star rookie stayed loyal to Michigan.

Michigan forward Cole Bajema Isaiah Livers, right, celebrates a 3-point basket with teammates in the bench area during the second half of the UM’s 86-44 victory on Saturday December 21, 2019, at the Crisler Center. (Photo: Rick Osentoski, Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

Bajema played in just 10 games with Howard, averaging 2.6 points per game and a total of 37 minutes. His best game came against Presbyterian in December, when he scored nine points in 11 minutes.

The Lynden, Washington, hailed from an unrated prospect for a four-star rookie in a matter of weeks as he and Michigan surrounded themselves in the summer of 2019.

Bajema’s departure highlights a possible problem for Michigan next season at the guard. After the departure of Bajema, Zavier Simpson (graduation) and David DeJulius (transfer to Cincinnati), the Wolverines will only have four fellows who can play the point guard or the shooter next season: Eli Brooks, Adrien Nunez, grad grad Mike Mike , and new recruit Zeb Jackson. Earlier this month, Purdue goalkeeper Nojel Eastern announced plans to transfer to Michigan, but looks likely to be out of the 2020-21 season under NCAA regulations .

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Washington went 15-17 last season in the third season of coach Mike Hopkins in Seattle. The Huskies’ last place in the Pac-12 – and defeat in the first round of the conference tournament – came despite two NBA draft first-round picks among freshmen Isaiah Stewart and Jaden McDaniels.

Free Press sports editors Rainer Sabin and Orion Sang contributed to this report.

Contact Ryan Ford at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @theford.



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