Michigan is a team that has had a lot of uncertainty about what the roster would look like but after Friday, when Isaiah Livers announced he would be back for his senior season, the Wolverines roster is in tact. Livers finished last season as the leading scorer for the Wolverines as he averaged 12.9 points per game, while he shot 40.2% from three. Livers had an up and down career his first two years but he really stepped forward last season, becoming a key piece for the Michigan roster. His ability to knock down shots at a high-level, as well as play down-low against other teams big men has been really important for Michigan.
Here’s an outlook at the Wolverines roster going into next season:
PG: Eli Brooks
SG: Mike Smith
SF: Franz Wagner
PF: Isaiah Livers
C: Hunter Dickinson
Key Reserves: Zeb Jackson, Terrence Williams, Jace Howard, Brandon Johns, Austin Davis
This is a rotation that is really talented and deep. Livers and Franz Wagner will almost certainly be asked to be the leading scorers on the team, while Columbia grad transfer Mike Smith has proven himself to be a dynamite scorer, although we’ll see how his game translates to the Big Ten. Eli Brooks will likely start as the point guard but he’s limited as a scorer.
Down-low there will a competition for minutes. Brandon Johns and Austin Davis are both solid bigs while Hunter Dickinson is a Top-50 recruit that should be able to contribute right away. There will questions about what Zeb Jackson, Terrence Williams, and Jace Howard can do as freshmen. The team could potentially get a waiver for guard Chaundee Brown, who transferred following the firing of Danny Manning.