No. 5 Hunter Dickinson
The 7’1 freshman center is poised to make an early impact in Ann Arbor. Hunter Dickinson should see the court early and often, filling the big (literally) hole that was left by Jon Teske.
While playing his high school basketball at DeMatha Catholic, Dickinson put up impressive numbers. He averaged 18.1 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.1 blocks per game.
His competition at the center position is Austin Davis, who is a reliable veteran on Michigan’s roster but isn’t likely to see extended minutes. Johns should log some minutes at center as well, but only in certain situations where the other team has a small lineup.
It isn’t a stretch to think Dickinson could score 10 ppg as a freshman. He is a player that always makes the right play. Dickinson will also benefit greatly from having Howard as a coach. He will learn a lot from the fellow big man, in all facets of the game.
No. 4 Chaundee Brown
The Wake Forest product decided to take his talents to Ann Arbor to finish his college career. Brown is a talented player that was a high priority for Howard when he hit the transfer portal. Adding Brown’s scoring ability was key with all the roster attrition.
Brown is still awaiting word from the NCAA on his “hardship waiver” that will determine his eligibility for the upcoming season. Assuming that he is granted the waiver to play right away, he should be inserted into the starting lineup.
Along with his offensive game, Brown is a great defender that is able to defend multiple positions.
Brown isn’t a player that will beat you with the three-ball, but he shoots a respectable 32 percent. With the amount of 3-point shooting on the team, he shouldn’t have to take a lot of 3’s. He will make lots of plays inside the arc getting to the basket.
His proven scoring ability will fit right in with Coach Howard’s offense. Brown should eclipse a double-digit scoring average again this season.