Michigan basketball’s roster could get awfully crowded, depending on what happens this spring and here are three Wolverines that could transfer.
Just about every Michigan basketball fan is worried about the numbers and by that I mean the scholarship numbers.
Right now, the Wolverines have nine players slated to return next season on scholarship with five incoming freshmen already committed. That puts Michigan basketball at 14, which is already one over the limit and if five-star Joshua Christopher commits to U-M, which he is projected too by 247 sports, with all of his crystal ball predictions going to the Wolverines, it would be at 15.
I don’t think I’m alone in trying to figure out how this is all going to shake out. Former Michigan basketball player Ant Wright said on Twitter he was stressing about it too. And since Michigan is pursuing multiple players in the graduate transfer market, you have to wonder, how all these guys are all going to fit?
There has been speculation that some players would transfer. However, one of the possible candidates, at least in terms of guys who people thought might want to leave for a shot at increased playing time, Adrien Nunez is coming back. Austin Davis is too.
Another possibility for roster attrition exists in the NBA draft. Juwan Howard confirmed that Isaiah Livers is considering it and Franz Wagner likely will too. It feels like Livers is more likely to go and more ready for the NBA, but Wagner would probably be the higher selection, based on his potential if he declared and didn’t return.
One thing that’s overlooked is that Jace Howard could possibly accept being a walk-on for a year to open a spot. Just hypothetically, if he did that and Christopher committed, Michigan would only need to open one spot, which could come via Livers going to the NBA or another player transferring.
On that front, here are the three most likely candidates to leave via the portal.