Michigan basketball adds sought-after Lebanese forward to 2022-23 roster
Juwan Howard has added a final piece to his 2022-23 roster. Lebanese forward Youssef Khayat has committed to play at Michigan.
Khayat announced his decision via The Field of 68. He was also considering Xavier, Wake Forest and DePaul.
LIVE! Lebanase forward is announcing his commitment now! Is it Michigan, Xavier, Wake Forest or DePaul? https://t.co/RKvvwEc5Dw
— The Field of 68 (@TheFieldOf68) June 26, 2022
Khayat is listed as a 6-8, per Eurohoops.net. He will head to Ann Arbor from France, where he plays for the Limoges CSP program. He averaged 17.4 points and 7.7 rebounds per game in a European youth league.
Eurohoops.net offers a scouting report:
Khayat is a 6’8 forward with a +2 wingspan. He possesses good fluidity and coordination which allow him to move well around the court and get to his spots. He’s not extremely vertical but he’s quick and explosive to get up. As a matter of fact, it’s not rare to see him dunk with authority when finishing. Offensively, Youssef can’t be considered a shot creator at this point. Instead, he scores the majority of his points by running hard in the open court and cutting with great intensity and timing. He displays constant motion off the ball and good reads when taking advantage of defensive mistakes. He also showcased an improved and refined finishing package in the paint, flashing a promising floater. Moreover, Khayat has tremendous defensive upside thanks to his motor, willingness to sit in a stance, lateral movements and instincts. He projects as someone who could potentially guard both forwards positions at the high major D-1 level and switch onto guards out on the perimeter. He’s not afraid of diving for loose balls and regularly makes winning plays.
The addition of Khayat gives Michigan basketball 13 scholarship players for 2022-23.