To me, I think the only case where I really worry about next season is if all three of Matthews, Poole, and Iggy declare. Jalen Wilson can provide depth at the 3/4 and Cole Bajema has been touted as more of a 3/2 combo. If you only lose 2 of the above 3, you probably can still have reasonable depth assuming appropriate level of development from DDJ, Brooks, Nunez, and Brandon Johns + the two 2019 freshmen. Just my thoughts though.
I agree. If all 3 leave you are left with a team of career low usage defensive specialists, and sophomores/freshman who have almost no experience. If even one of Poole or Iggy comes back, that’s a huge help as they can be the main guy on offense and help depth out a ton.
While I think we will certainly be depleted if all three leave, I think Livers is bound to have a break out year next year even if Iggy and Poole stay. I have been super impressed with his growth that I have to believe that he will thrive. I question whether he could be the first option on the team but a star nonetheless
I know the recent Jalen Wilson talk has been about him playing the 3/4 but I think if all three left, he could play major minutes at the 2 based on what I’ve seen on tape. Then Livers and Johns could slide down to the 3/4 potentially. So many options, even in this doomsday scenario I’m not too worried especially when you add Brooks and Bajema to the mix.
But if one of Poole/Iggy stays, then we’re just as loaded as this year
I feel like if JP goes he’ll be on the bench for a few years before establishing himself. I get the paycheck but I think if he stays one more year, gets stronger, improves his defense and becomes the unquestioned alpha he’d be up near the lottery if not in it on the back end. That would provide him a better path to playing time IMO.
College = less travel and time on the road so more time with your cat
Pros = more travel and time on the road so less time with your cat
Means Poole has a decision to make!
Yeah I wonder if we’d look hard at a grad transfer wing if all 3 leave. Otherwise the projected team looks very solid defensively but real lack of creation off the dribble.
Current projection if all 3 leave:
Teske 30 Johns 10
Livers 24 Johns 16
Wilson 28 Livers 8 Nunez/Bajema 4
Brooks 25 DD 15
Z 32 DD 8
with hopefully one of Bajema or Nunez being 20 minute guys so Brooks can go down to 15 minutes or so. Though really it’s just Teske, Livers and Z getting around 90 minutes, Brooks, DD and Johns probably good for another 70-75 and then 35-40 minutes between the guys we have no evidence Beilein thinks is ready, from Wilson, Castleton, Bajema and Nunez in that order. It’s not so scary when you look at it that way, just absolutely need one of the young perimeter 3 guys (Wilson/Bajema/Nunez) to be a rotation guy on day 1.
My guess is 1 guy stays anyways, what with Matthews struggling offensively so much at times this year, Poole not maybe being quite assertive enough to get a 1st round grade and being a guy who probably take 2-3 years to really play like a Malik Beasley has for Denver, and Iggy we know was cautious coming to college too young and seems like the type of guy who might want to come back and be the clear #1 guy on O and most famous returning player in college, put up low 20s a game with Poole and Matthews leaving and be a 1st rounder.
Updated NBA Draft projections from Givony/ESPN:
Michigan: Charles at 53, Poole 66th, no Iggy in the top 100
Other Notables: Romeo 5th, Ayo Dosunmu at 21, Fernando 29th, Roby at 34, Carsen Edwards 48th
Wow, could you imagine the wrecking ball Michigan would be in 2019-2020 if both Iggy and Poole returned?
Crazy to say, but if those two come back, the team will be even better next year. And possibly significantly better.
If Michigan gets those guys back and msu gets theirs, they could be 1 and 2 in the pre season rankings.
I’m not sure I could handle that much success over 4 years. Next year at this time the narrative would be Michigan has won 68 of their last 72 games…LOL!
Wouldn’t it be 71 out of 72?
If only Matthews leaves, I guess Livers would take over for him at the 3? Z-Poole-Livers-Iggy-Teske. Johns would have a lot bigger role at the 4 or 5. Wilson might get 15 minutes a game too. And then you have Brooks and DDJ competing for minutes at the backup 1 and 2. Castelton will have probably passed Davis by next year as well.
Both U of M and MSU would be preseason top 5 teams.
A timeless phrase on message boards across the internet
Next step is they both leave. Everyone thinks michigan is bottom of the top 25 and then is shocked when go to the sweet 16. Rinse, repeat.
What about a recruit picks another school and everyone loses their collective minds?
Don’t forget the post-season, late signing period committment and people say “I trust Beilein”.
Whelp you can close the site until next season I think we are done here.
And the OMG HE ISN’T READY FOR THE NBA BUT IF HE COMES BACK HE COULD BE AN ALL-AMERICAN takes.