ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's basketball head coach John Beilein announced today (Friday, May 22) that Eso Akunne, a 6-3 guard from Ann Arbor, Mich., and Josh Bartelstein, a 6-3 guard from Highland Park, Ill., will join the 2009-10 Wolverines as preferred non-scholarship players.
"We are very pleased to have Eso and Josh join our program," said Beilein. "They are both quality players and fine young men that we believe will make a positive impact for us. They both had attractive scholarship offers; however, they chose to play at the University of Michigan and in the Big Ten Conference. Each has a strong competitive drive that will be instrumental to their development and will raise the level of talent and depth on our roster, just as C.J. Lee and David Merritt did for our program over the last few years."
Akunne, who finished fifth in the State of Michigan Hal Schram Mr. Basketball award voting, was a four-year starter at nearby Father Gabriel Richard High School. He closed his career with a 79-20 record and averaged 17.0 points, 10.9 rebounds and 5.9 assists. The all-time leading scorer with 1,705 career points, he was part of four straight Catholic League titles and helped Gabriel Richard reach the Class B regional final in 2009 and the Class C semifinals in 2008. In 2009, he was an All-State first team selection by the Associated Press, the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press as well as the Ann Arbor News Area Player of the Year.
Bartelstein was a two-year starter at Highland Park High School before electing for a postgraduate year at Phillips Exeter Academy (N.H.). While at Highland Park, Bartelstein averaged 10.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists in two seasons, helping them to a 45-10 record. He helped Highland Park to the North Suburban title in 2008 and to two 4A Regional titles. He averaged 13.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists in his one season at Phillips Exeter. He finished the season with 52 three-point field goals to set the school record. He also set a Phillips Exeter record with 21 points in a half against New Hampton Prep.
With the additions of Akunne and Bartelstein, the Maize and Blue have will have six newcomers added to the roster after Blake McLimans, a 6-10 forward from Hamburg, N.Y., Jordan Morgan, a 6-8 forward from Detroit, Mich., Darius Morris, a 6-4 guard from Los Angeles, Calif., and Matt Vogrich, a 6-4 guard from Lake Forest, Ill., committed during the early November signing period.
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