Michigan Basketball: Now healthy, Livers promises ‘a different Isaiah’

Isaiah Livers was made available to speak to the media this morning. He talked about his health, previewed the Michigan basketball team, and talked about his new leadership role.

When Isaiah Livers announced he would be returning to Michigan, it completely changed the outlook on this season. It raised the ceiling and gave Michigan basketball a much needed leader.

But on the court, Isaiah Livers is now finally healthy. While speaking to the media on Tuesday morning, Livers promised we are going to see “a different Isaiah” this season.

Livers was set back last season by multiple groin and lower body injuries. After a hot start to the year and emerging as Michigan’s best offensive weapon, the second half of the season was a grind just to get on the court. But now healthy, we should be in store for the Isaiah Livers that we expected to see all of last season.

One major thing that Livers touched on while talking to the media was his improved defense. He said that was the focal point during quarantine. He wanted to focus on becoming a better defender.

He also talked about transition defense specifically and credited former Michigan assistant Luke Yaklich at helping him get better with that.

“Coach Yaklich I credit him. My freshman year I was awful at defense. I naturally got better at it with practice.”

Isaiah Livers has spent most of the past two seasons being a sharpshooter for Michigan basketball. Livers has shot over 40% from three each of his last two seasons and has become one of the country’s top and most consistent shooters.

If Livers has made significant strides on the defensive end of the floor, maybe we will see a “different Isaiah” this season.

The Wolverines are going to need Livers to be great if they want to reach their ceiling. The senior being healthy and a more complete player will certainly help that.