Three Michigan high school seniors crack Sports Illustrated’s top 99 prospect list

Jaden Akins, Pierre Brooks and Kobe Bufkin rank among the nation’s top basketball players for the Class of 2021.

That’s according to Sports Illustrated, which has released its SI99. The list consists of the top 99 senior basketball prospects from across the United States, and it included the three Michigan players mentioned above.

All 99 seniors have earned the distinction of being named a Sports Illustrated All-American candidate. Please click here to see all 99 players.

Here’s a closer look at the three Michigan players:

Ypsi Prep Academy vs. Team Sizzle

Ypsi Prep Academy’s Jaden Akins (right) guards a Team Sizzle player during a high school basketball game on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo used with permission from Who’s Next HS, @whosnexths)

*Akins, a 6-foot-3, 160-pound point guard, is a four-star prospect from Farmington who has committed to Michigan State. Akins averaged 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists per game a year ago. Akins, who played for Farmington High School the past three years, has joined the newly created Ypsilanti Prep Academy this year and is teammates with junior Emoni Bates.

Grand Rapids Christian's Kobe Bufkin

Grand Rapids Christian’s Kobe Bufkin competes against Farmington in the annual Grand Rapids Union Redhawk Showcase in a boys basketball game on Feb. 1, 2020. (Photo | Lenny Padilla)

*Bufkin, ranked 63rd among the list of prospects, stars for Grand Rapids Christian. The 6-foot-4, 175 four-star shooting guard will play at the University of Michigan. Bufkin averaged 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists his junior season.

Detroit Martin Luther King vs. Detroit Douglass boys basketball

Detroit Douglass’s Pierre Brooks II (1) looks for an opening during Detroit Martin Luther King’s game against Detroit Douglass at Detroit Martin Luther King High School on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.Jacob Hamilton/

*Pierre Brooks, is a 6-foot-6, 207, four-star shooting guard from Detroit Douglass, and Sports Illustrated has him ranked 71st in the nation. Brooks averaged 23.2 points, 7 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.7 steals last season. Brooks is headed to Michigan State.

Chet Holmgren, a 7-foot center, was selected the nation’s No. 1 prospect for the Class of 2021. Holmgren stars for Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis.


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