Mar 27, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach John Beilein during practice for the midwest regional of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium. Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Basketball: Europe trip will benefit young Wolverines

Because of the premature departure of Mitch McGary, Glenn Robinson III, Nik Stauskas and Jon Horford, the U-M basketball team will be very, very young.

Two freshmen, two sophomores and one junior should comprise the starting lineup, and if you look down the bench you won’t see a single senior.

Freshmen Ricky Doyle and D.J. Wilson along with redshirt freshman Mark Donnal will battle for the four and five positions,   sophomore Zak Irvin should start at the three, junior Caris LeVert will man the two and sophomore Derrick Walton, Jr. will run the show.

Off to Europe

With the success Michigan has shown over the last few years, Beilein should be getting accustomed to a bench full of diaper dandies.

But as he did four years ago, Beilein will be taking his squad overseas this summer.

“This is the year we can go to Europe (per NCAA rules),” Beilein said on Inside Michigan Basketball.  “We’ll have another 10 days that we can practice and improve, and we have some young kids coming in that can now go to Europe, so it will be a good time for us.”

New commitment

With Michigan getting a commitment today (April 28) from SF Aubrey Dawkins, Coach Beilein has most likely one scholarship to work with before the signing period ends May 21.

A million-to-one shot would be landing 5-star,  6-10, 223-pound center Myers Turner, who’s rated No. 4 overall by 247sports.

Realistically, the Wolverines might pick up 6-8 Cole Huff, who would be transferring from Nevada and would have to sit out a year. His scholarship won’t count until 2015.

Dawkins,  another in a long line of players’ sons to join the Wolverines, is the son of Johnny Dawkins, the present head coach at Stanford and a former Naismith College Player of the Year while playing for Duke in 1986. ♦

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Written by GBMWolverine Staff — Joel Greer

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