This year’s Michigan team is set to look heavily influenced by young players, several of which come from Beilein’s most recent recruiting class, which ranked No. 12 in the nation via 247 Sports.
Beilein’s top recruiting class came back in 2012, when future stars Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas settled in on campus in Ann Arbor. Since the 2011 recruiting class, at least one player from every year of recruiting has played in the national championship game, with the Wolverines finishing as runners-up in both 2013 and 2018, respectively.
Their recent title game appearances have etched Michigan into the “elite” of college basketball in the past ten years, and it looks as if Beilein is just getting started.
Michigan basketball will look like, well, Michigan basketball. Not overly-sized, but extremely athletic and deadly from three-point range. Shooting has become the namesake of the program in recent years, and some of their lack of size is made up from downtown.
The Wolverines return junior point guard Xavier Simpson, who will likely lead the backcourt comprised of fellow guards Jordan Poole and Charles Matthews, who both displayed a standout performance during Michigan’s incredible postseason run just months ago.
Michigan’s frontcourt will be a constant rotation of four players. Junior Jon Teske will enter the starting center role for the first time, joined on the floor by sophomore Isaiah Livers, who started 22 games as a freshman.
Coming off the bench will be forwards Ignas Bradzeikas, ranked as the number one player out of Canada, and Brandon Johns Jr., the number one player out of the state of Michigan. The pair were the highest rated recruits in their Michigan class, and will certainly be looking to make an immediate impact.
Bradzeikis shined in Michigan’s summer trip to Europe, where they played several professional teams in Spain. Most notably, he poured in 15 points in an exhibition loss to Mega Bemax. Poole led the way with 16 points.
The Wolverines are coming off back-to-back Big Ten Tournament titles, and this year’s Big Ten regular season could be theirs for the taking yet again.
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