Michigan basketball's newest recruit is 12-year-old survivor of 10 surgeries

Jude Stamper becomes newest Wolverines signee

By Jason Colthorp - Anchor/Reporter, Derick Hutchinson

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - College basketball's signing day isn't until Wednesday, but the University of Michigan signed a very inspirational young man on Monday night.

ESPN said this 12-year-old has the biggest heart in America. Rivals had him as a five-star, feel-good recruit. The signing moved Michigan up to No. 1 in the inspirational rankings.

The media room in the Crisler Center was buzzing as coach John Beilein waited for his newest recruit to arrive.

"This is what we coach for right here," Beilein said.

Recruit Jude Stamper, of Monroe, has overcome 10 surgeries due to a few disorders affecting his joints. He became Michigan's most important signee in years.

The players have taken an instant liking to their newest teammate and think the long season won't be a problrm.

Like a true superstar, Jude is humble and doesn't know why the spotlight is on him.

"If you could see the look on Jude's face when he sees the guys, it's worth it right there," Beilein said.

Team Impact made the signing happen.

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