Can we be somewhat realistic here. Beilein likes to play an 8-man rotation at most. With a starting 5 returning from last year plus Wagner at center, that only really left two potential slots in the rotation for freshmen. DJ Wilson emerged at the wing to claim one of those options. XSimpson is playing minutes at the other option.
And in a Beilein-world that's what he wants --- freshmen to learn their first year without the pressure of rotation minutes and set up for a big jump in production as sophomores or juniors.
I'll admit I thought Simpson would be able to contribute more from Day 1, but from most accounts his defense is ready, it's his offensive recognition that hasn't clicked yet ---- and Beilein's offense is known to be pretty complex for guards. Hopefully the reads on offense slow down for him around the Christmas Break, much like MAAR, Dawkins, LeVert.
Many people on this Board kept insisting that Watson would get minutes, but that was either with a misguided sense of a 9/10 man rotation or it was in place of Wilson --- and Wilson's emergence is better news than Watson jumping into the rotation as a freshman, IMO. Quite honestly, looking at projected rosters, I don't see Watson breaking into the rotation next season either?
To me, Teske's been a decent find. I was cautiously hedging on how his game would translate to the NCAA level and he's still "thinking the game" rather than reacting, but I see a path to progression for him heading in to next season when he could be asked to hold down the No2 center slot.
And the 4th member of the class, Davis, was always a strong red shirt option.
If Simpson's slow start makes this class bust, then I guess so be it, but that's really the only change between realistic preseason projections and current real life production from the freshman class?