Michigan Basketball: 3 Breakout candidates for Wolverines in 2020-21

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Year two for Juwan Howard during unprecedented times will be just as intriguing as the first if it happens. Assuming it does, here are three Michigan basketball breakout candidates.

If you had to choose three breakout stars from the 2019-20 Michigan basketball season, who would it be?

For me, it’s easy: Franz Wagner, Isaiah Livers, and Austin Davis, with Davis being the least likely to perform as he did.

While he started slow, Wagner adapted to the college game and, if the conference and national tournaments were allowed to continue, Franz could have landed on several draft boards and headed to an NBA locker room in June.

Instead, he returns to Ann Arbor for what is going to be a fantastic season, considering the outcome of the recruiting efforts by Juwan and his staff.

Livers was always the sixth man for Michigan basketball until he became the centerpiece for the offense. Prior to his injuries, Livers was drilling three’s with accuracy rarely seen elsewhere. He’s a sharpshooter, and if he can develop his shot-creating skills, he will most certainly have an epic NBA career.

Davis, otherwise known as ‘Big Sleep,’ arrived on the scene from left field and, through hard work and dedication, stuck around as a reliable backup center that earned another him one more go for UM. Davis and Wagner are coming back; Livers has a few more days to decide his fate.

Looking retrospectively, those are my breakout stars from last year.

To the future:

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