That could open up the door for Livers. That is, if he can overcome the same defensive and rebounding issues Robinson has.
"That would be the biggest thing," Beilein said of Livers' post presence and rebounding. "Every freshman that we've had that did not play was (because) there was a lot of depth at that position, or he did not play tough enough or understand defense. It comes down to that."
On paper, Livers would seem like a natural in the post after averaging 17.5 points, 14 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game in Kalamazoo Central's regular season this winter. But at 6-foot-8, 220 pounds and playing a combination of wing and forward, it's unclear how many of Livers' rebounds were due to a unquestionable size advantage against high school competition.
Instead, Beilein sees a player that could use his size and athleticism more to work inside on both ends of the court.
"He's got to rebound at a higher level," Beilein said. "Sometimes it seems like we can't recruit guys that can rebound, and then they become rebounders. and that is something that he's got to rebound better, and he knows it.
"He (also) may prefer the jump shot over the drive, probably too much for his size. So that's something he's going to work at."