So even with its own uncertain future, Washington worked on phones and went to shop windows, providing an indispensable bridge from Beilein to the nascent Juwan Howard era. “Saddi has all the boxes checked,” Steve Finamore, a coach at Lansing High School, told me. “Obviously, he has a relationship with all the players. ”
More than a year later, it paid off, with four-star shooting goalkeeper Kobe Bufkin becoming Howard’s third entry in 2021.
“They’re not only going to have a big kid, they’re going to have a great student, they’re going to have a great player,” said Sean Moore, Bufkin’s coach at AAU with The Family. “(Michigan) might as well pop a bottle because they have a big child. “
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