Michigan Basketball: 3 takeaways from a wild offseason thus far

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These are three of the biggest takeaways that stand out from what has been a whirlwind of an offseason for Juwan Howard’s troops.

Missing out on the NCAA tournament followed by the stunning departure of your best player could have cost Juwan Howard his job as Michigan basketball head coach, but he regrouped and found replacements.

Capturing Caleb Love would have been a perfect solution to the Dickinson transfer, but the university snatched that away from him too.

Now, with a potential addition like Jose Perez possibly coming soon, Howard has a Michigan basketball core that should be formidable in the Big Ten and on the national scene as well.

Here are three takeaways from the offseason (so far).

1. Losing Hunter Dickinson and Caleb Love could have been catastrophic

The suddenness of Dickinson’s loss was a rude awakening. Then getting a player like Love was relieving to take his place, but seeing him leave was an outright shame. Juwan Howard looked like a dead man walking and his future was even bleaker. Dickinson would have been battling Zach Edey for the Big Ten’s Player of the Year award, while Love would have put his name in the hat as well if all went right for him.

Things turned in his favor eventually when his patience paid off and he was rewarded for his efforts of not quitting by getting Olivier Nkamhoua. Those departures don’t sting as much with him and Jose Perez possibly joining soon, but the work is just getting started. Howard still has to produce results and must mold this group in his vision to get back to the place where everyone expects them to be on a yearly basis.