This is an interesting discussion. Obviously the rotation will consist of the current starters, and certainly I include Eli in that group as he has performed pretty well, especially as a freshman learning a complicated system. He may take a step or two backward, but I think he will generally be moving forward and getting better and better. Teske is clearly the back up five, no question in my mind about that, either. Z is, as someone above mentioned, a capable back up at the point. He plays excellent on the ball defense, and as long as he can get us into the offense, he’ll be fine. If he actually begins making shots, he’ll be more than fine.
That leaves us with the need for a rotation player at the three/four and possibly someone to spell MAAR at the two besides Eli who, at his size and coupled with a small point guard, may be able to play there for maybe two to four minutes a game, and that also depends on the opposition guards.
SO, I believe, and I think Coach B does, too, that we need Isaiah to be that three/four rotation player. Certainly he needs to develop, but at his size and strength there is no reason to believe he can’t be successful there. He does a nice job in the middle of 2-3 type zones and can hit the outside shot. Defensively, I think he has the best (only?) shot at defending fours.
As for the other two players, Ibi and Jordan, I think Jordan has great upside. He definitely can shoot it from deep and has more athleticism than some on here give him credit for. He COULD be the big two guard to back up MAAR. Both Poole and Livers may make mistakes now, but I think they can help us down the line, more than anyone else I’ve seen on the team so far. Now, that’s a nine person rotation. I know Coach B doesn’t usually go with a rotation of nine players as we move into the B1G season, but I think this year he may HAVE to.
That’s my rotation, but I’m not the coach so it really doesn’t matter what I think. AND, of course, I’m not with the team in practice everyday! One thing I DO know is that I trust Coach B to make decisions that he thinks are in the best interests of Michigan Basketball, this year and in the future. Should be fun (I hope!) to see how it plays out.