Jillian Dunston of Holy Cross commits to Michigan

Holy Cross junior guard-forward Jillian Dunston called Michigan women’s basketball Coach Kim Barnes Arico on Sunday with a couple of things on her mind.

“I have two things to say,” Dunston told the coach. “Happy Mother’s Day, and I’m committing to there.”

Barnes Arico gave out a gentle scream, said “Are you serious?” and just like that Dunston became a pending Wolverine. So she knows who her college coach will be in two seasons but does not know who her high school coach will be next season, with Holy Cross still looking for a replacement for Eddie Simpson.

The 5-foot-10 Dunston, an honorable mention all-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference pick last season, said she did not feel any pressure to commit but could find no reason not to make her decision. She visited North Carolina State on Saturday but canceled a planned trip to Northwestern.

“I visited [Michigan] last October when they were on the top [of my list], and as I visited more schools, that never changed,” said Dunston, who also had visited Villanova, Indiana and others. “I loved everything about it. Once I got to know more about the school, it became like the dream school.”

Michigan went 22-11 last season and at one point cracked the Top 20 for the first time in a decade. The Wolverines earned a second consecutive NCAA tournament berth, beating Villanova in the first round to tie the program record for wins in a season and to reach the second round for the first time since 2001. Michigan lost to Stanford in the second round.

“It wasn’t overwhelming,” Dunston said of the recruiting process. “I’m just excited to have finally made my choice.”

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