The Michigan basketball team is looking for help at the power forward position and B.J. Mack of Wofford would be an ideal addition to the Wolverines.
It’s pretty clear that Michigan basketball needs to upgrade its roster in order to make it back to the NCAA tournament during the 2023-24 season.
Keeping key players on the roster would certainly help. Kobe Bufkin and Jett Howard are both potential first-round picks. Hunter Dickinson also has another decision to make.
Dug McDaniel should be back as the point guard and that’s one reason why every single NIT game is important. Each postseason game is a great learning experience for McDaniel, as well as other youngsters like Bufkin, who is among the younger players on the roster.
Inexperience hindered Michigan basketball in a number of key moments this past season. But more experience won’t fix what has been ailing the four spot for the Wolverines over the past two seasons and that’s why it’s exciting to think about B.J Mack being added to the roster.
Mack is a graduate transfer from Wofford and the Wolverines have been in contact. They are also holding a zoom meeting with the 6-foot-8 forward who would be an ideal fit.
How B.J. Mack would fit with Michigan basketball
Regardless of whether Dickinson returns, Mack would be a great addition. For one, he’s a pretty good back-to-the-basket player and if Hunter did leave, he could help fill that void.
Mack is also a really stellar 3-point shooter. Last season, with Wofford, he attempted 6.2 3-pointers per game and made 2.1. This season he shot 33.5 percent from beyond the arc with a higher volume but in the previous season, he made 44 percent of his 3-point attempts.
Mack shoots 80 percent from the free throw line and has earned more than three free throw attempts per game during his career. He also shoots 50 percent on 2-point field goal attempts. He doesn’t have a high assist rate but he’s a proven spot-up shooter and low-post scorer.
The forward has averaged about 0.5 blocks per game during his career and he’s a solid rebounder. In the Big Ten, he could be a liability at times on defense, but his offensive game should make him worth it and it would finally give the Wolverines a viable threat at the four opposite Dickinson.
At least one that complements his skills. Mack does well in pick-and-pop situations and could help provide Dickinson with more space to work. Plus, as a graduate, he shouldn’t have any issues with admissions.
Hopefully, the zoom meeting goes well, because finding a capable four-man should be the top priority for Michigan basketball in the transfer portal.