Michigan’s men’s basketball program has chosen the international route to complete its roster for next season.
Youssef Khayat, a native of Lebanon who has played in recent years for a professional team in France, signed up for Michigan on Sunday afternoon (June 26).
Khayat is a 6ft 8in forward for the Limoges Under-21 team. Once the 19-year-old decided he wanted to play college basketball, he narrowed his options down to four schools, ultimately choosing Michigan over Xavier, Wake Forest and DePaul.
He informed On3 of its decision. “I chose the program for their experience developing international wings,” Khayat said. “They have one of the best coaches right now, coach Juwan Howard, who I grew up watching and looking up to. The coaching staff immediately put me at ease. And Michigan has one of the largest Lebanese communities in the United States, which certainly had an impact.
After Michigan’s roster movement offseason — NBA departures, transfers in and out — Khayat’s commitment may have kept the carousel from spinning. Michigan is now using its full 13 scholarships for the 2022-23 season.
In addition to his professional basketball experience, Khayat played for the Lebanon national team.