My question with the PG position isn't necessarily its role in facilitating the offense --- in practice Beilein has had offenses run through "2"s and "3"s and still produce rather efficiently. My question with the PG position --- or really with the 5-man unit on the court --- is whether there's enough ball handing/skill level to counter a press/trap defense?
Think games against Minnesota, Louisville ...... Texas next year ..... even Purdue ran some press when we got up in the B1G Tourney game. Michigan State will have the depth and athletes to run some press next season, if it needs to.
Walton was the man for us in that regard last season with Irvin helping out majorly. MAAR was not good in the Tournaments vs presses/traps --- dribbled or passed the ball into bad spots.
I think Simpson can handle it next season. I'm skeptical of MAAR. I'm not hopeful of Robinson. Neither Wilson nor Wagner were used prominently in press break when Walton was denied the ball --- which leads me to believe the coaches aren't sold on them as press break options. Matthews becomes the swing piece to me; if he can help press break like Irvin generally did then it reduces the risk of opponents trying, but if he is more MAAR-like with his decisions in press break Michigan may see it regularly.
Which is why I'm concerned about the other PG options on the roster. Will Brooks be able to handle press break or Poole? Or will next year's team be susceptible to press defenses whenever Simpson is off the court?
I don't see Alstork being a reliable non-turnover option there. I would feel more comfortable with Daniel in that role --- if Freshman year Brooks struggles with it.