Five thoughts on Cole Bajema's pledge to Michigan


#21

Absolutely. I certainly see him as a 2/3 who could also play the 1.


#22

The 1989 Illinois team was one of my all time favorites to watch. If we’re building something like that, I’m on board.


#23

This may not be an opinion all would warm up to, given residual UL grudges and Ricky P distaste, but I’m seeing some Francisco Garcia in this young man. Both players seem like they woke up one day with legs 6 inches longer than yesterday that it seems they are still acclimating to just a bit - while also retaining good ball skills, sound court vision and deep shooting range. Just a hair more deliberate in their actions than your standard 2 due to their somewhat unusual lankiness for the position.


#24

I was looking at the roster yesterday, and I think I counted 8 of the 17 players (includes walk-ons) listed as 6’7” or taller. It makes it easier to play positionless when you have good size.


#25

“Positionless basketball” also means versatility, not extreme specialization. Even Duncan Robinson was sometimes the floor spacer and other times the pop in an pick n pop. A guy like Bajema could project to be the ballhandler, floor-spacer, or a guy to attack overzealous close-outs. Doesn’t mean that Bajema, Wilson, Iggy, etc. are all the same player – they’re not – but they can all be used in multiple ways. On defense, guys who are 6’6" or 6’8" can allow for switching, etc.