ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's basketball coach John Beilein announced that incoming freshman Alex Legion (Inkster, Mich./Oak Hill Academy [Mouth of Wilson, Va.]) has been released from his National Letter of Intent and Reed Baker (Naples, Fla./Bishop Verot HS), a freshman on the 2006-07 Wolverine squad, will leave the U-M program after his one-year financial tender has expired.
"We have had several discussions with Alex and his family and they have expressed an interest in opening his recruitment," said Beilein. "We understand his situation and encouraged him to do so, giving Alex his unconditional release. We will continue to have dialogue with Alex and his family throughout this process. With his release, he is now a prospect again, and due to NCAA compliance issues we can have no further comment on the situation."
"With the fact that Reed's financial aid package had expired, he has decided to look into other options for his playing career," said Beilein. "We have encouraged Reed to do so and will do whatever we can to help him with that process. We wish him nothing but the best in the future."
As a senior at Oak Hill Academy, Legion helped lead the Warriors to a 40-1 record and the high school national championship with the No. 1 spot in the USA Today Super 25 boys' basketball rankings. He averaged 19.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.8 steals during his one season with Oak Hill. Prior to Oak Hill, Legion played three years at Birmingham Country Day, where he averaged 19.6 points and 5.1 rebounds. He twice led the Yellowjackets to the Class B quarterfinals in the state playoffs.
Baker, who signed the athletic tender last July, played in 28 games for the Wolverines and averaged 2.5 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game. The long-range specialist sank 21 field goals, with 17 of those coming from three-point distance. He started two games, with his first career start against Army (Dec. 28), when he scored a career-best 19 points on 5-for-7 shooting from long range.
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