I'm enjoying this thread...thanks for all of your thoughts and observations...a lot to chew on here...a lot of fun to think about...
It's obvious it will be much easier to assess Nick Ward's future at the pro level after he goes through another season.
This past season his service to his team had to come completely from the post. If Izzo feels Nick has any potential to score as a face up player/defend out on the perimeter he'll allow him to grow a little next season by doing so. Will that happen?
FWIW, I know the ability of Columbus area players a bit and watch whatever video of them there is available. It's a good question to ask how much different/effective from the back to the basket Nick Ward talent can he be? Ward surprised me this season with the quality he provided MSU on the block. But what else is there he can do? I'm not sure there is more to come. Nick likes to bang/compete and his touch surprises and he rebounded/defended well enough as a frosh. Appears to think the game at a good level thus far. A player for NBA scouts to try and assess.
Moving on to Wilson and Wagner, they both are playing well in this season's NCAA games. Congrats to them and great for their team! Is UM moving on without them? (To be fair, everyone is really playing well, so ask that same question for all the characters involved)
So far in the tournament I see them as raising their level of play but not stepping too far away from what each has already shown as prospects for the next level. I'm of the camp to let them both mature a little more physically and expand their approach to performing on court. No NBA yet?