The Michigan Wolverines lost a huge amount of talent to the NBA Draft including, Nik Stauskas, Mitch McGary, and Glenn Robinson III. Stauskas was the Big Ten player of the year and Michigan’s clear best player. McGary saw little playing time due to a back injury and declared for the draft mostly because of a yearlong suspension he would have faced. Glenn Robinson III was a nice piece for the Wolverines but never truly became the dominant player many thought he could be. Moving on from Stauskas will be the hardest out of all these players but Coach Beilien and company have a plan.
Junior Caris LeVert will be heavily leaned upon to continue the recent winning traditions Michigan basketball has experienced in the past few years. Last year he was selected to the All-Big Ten second team and was awarded the 2014 U-M’s Rudy Tomjanovich Most Improved Player. His ability to drive to the hoop as well as shoot from deep creates problems for defenses. His lanky Kevin Durant esk frame helps him shoot above most defenders also. He should be Michigan’s leader this year.
Two other forwards who will need to help are Sophomore Zak Irvin and freshman Kameron Chatman. These two players have almost the same frame, around 6’6” 210 pounds. Irvin is known for his deep ball, which accounted for more than 50% of his shots last season but he has worked on getting bigger and wants to focus on getting into the paint more this year. Chatman has been assigned the role of replacing Robinson III this year. Chatman is the all-around player. He has the strength to get to the rim but also, like LeVert, can use his height to rise up and shoot the ball.
The Wolverine’s will also need big men Mark Donnal and Ricky Doyle to replace McGary but since the Michigan offense is mostly centered on guards and forwards they will not be as heavily relied on. Go blue.