This is not directed at anyone in particular, but it’s all speculation at this point. We will all know by sometime late Wednesday, or we won’t. Charles will either return to Michigan for one more year, honing his skills and improving his draft stock for the 2020 NBA draft, or he will opt to stay in the draft and count on his outstanding, and God given, athletic ability and his tremendous work ethic to get him an opportunity with an NBA team.
I certainly hope he returns to Michigan, IF that’s what he believes in his heart is his best option. Am I selfish? Perhaps, but I can honestly say I hope Charles does what will BEST help him to fulfill his dream. I personally hope Charles takes a longer term view. Which decision will help him to have the longest, most fulfilling and most lucrative NBA career over the long term. If returning to Michigan is not the choice Charles believes, in his heart AND in his mind, is in his best interests, then I do hope he stays in the draft, hires an agent, and goes forward with his plan to reach the NBA. I will wish him all the best. Make no mistake, I want him to return to Michigan. He can help lead us to further greatness. But I only want him to return if that is what HE believes is right based on his honest feedback and the honest advice of his advisers.
I agree with Geoff in that this is an adult decision. I often refer to our players as “kids,” but many, in this case Charles, are faced with huge decisions, ADULT decisions. As parents and grandparents, as coaches and teachers, we want our “kids” to make great choices, choices that will benefit them as they walk the road of their life. All we can do is advise, because even though they may be “kids” in our eyes and in our hearts, they are adults and they WILL make their own, hopefully best, decisions, for them. By the way, my 44 year old son with a PhD will always be my “kid” even though he and his sisters have and will surpass me in their accomplishments in life, and hopefully in their wisdom, too.
We will probably know by Wednesday what Charles will do. Until then we can only speculate. We will also know what Jalen Wilson will do. I’m personally hoping Michigan will get GREAT news x2 on Wednesday. Am I selfish? Probably, but I also DO care that they make the best decisions possible…for them and for Michigan.