NCAA Basketball: Predicting commitment of 2021 4-star G Kobe Bufkin

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Kobe Bufkin

EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN – MARCH 08: Cassius Winston #5 of the Michigan State Spartans (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

4-star NCAA Basketball combo guard Kobe Bufkin announced his plans to commit to a program this Friday.

Upon announcing his plans to commit to a college program, the 6’5” guard indicated he would be choosing between Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, LSU, and DePaul. Kobe Bufkin’s decision could cap off the intense momentum currently held by in-state rivals Michigan and Michigan State who have been picking up players within days of each other. Bufkin averaged 22 points, five rebounds, and four assists per game last season for Grand Rapids Christian (MI).

The lefty guard has built quite the arsenal of offensive moves to carry with him to the next level. Bufkin has a quick first step to attack the rim and an equally abrupt step-back jumper from the perimeter that leaves defenders spinning. He is a physical, yet calculated, offensive player capable of creating his own shot or drawing in the defense to open opportunities for his teammates.

His maturity and understanding of play on the court is already projecting him to be an immediate contributor, once he steps foot on campus. The same high IQ attributes translate to the defensive end for Bufkin as well. His long frame is problematic for offenses to cleanly move the ball around the floor and he has shown to be a strong weak-side shot blocker.

Bufkin also plays for The Family Detroit on the Nike EYBL circuit with current Michigan State commit Pierre Brooks and Jadin Akins. Akins is a major target for both the Wolverines and the Spartans and a decision for both players to either side could significantly sway the balance one way or the other.

With Bufkin down to a final 5 schools, how likely is he to attend each program on his list? I look at his fit with each program and rank the teams he is most likely to end up with.

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