Michigan basketball still in a good spot with transfer Vlad Goldin

Vlad Goldin hasn't committed yet but one expert says he would be "greatly surprised" if he went anywhere else but Michigan basketball.
March 22, 2024, Brooklyn, NY, USA; Florida Atlantic Owls center Vladislav Goldin (50) reacts against
March 22, 2024, Brooklyn, NY, USA; Florida Atlantic Owls center Vladislav Goldin (50) reacts against / Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

With a flurry of transfer portal commitments, it's been an awesome week for Michigan basketball. But there is still one big name out there and it's one the Wolverines need to get.

I'm talking of course about Vlad Goldin, the 7-foot-1 center who averaged 15 points and nine rebounds last season for FAU, while shooting 67 percent from the field. Goldin is a force down low. He's also a rim protector but he doesn't shoot 3-pointers.

Goldin would be the focal point of the Michigan offense. Against Illinois and Northwestern last season, he scored a total of 42 points and made 15-of-21 shot attempts. With all the shooters that May has been able to land, which includes former Yale 7-footer Danny Wolf, Goldin would be the perfect piece to bring it all together.

No need to worry about Vlad Goldin, Michigan fans

Despite the crystal ball projections and the general feeling that Goldin to Michigan is a done deal, it hasn't happened yet. There isn't really an answer as to why, unless Goldin is waiting to hear from the NBA draft adivorsy committee first.

Prospects can get feedback on their game and still return to college. Goldin did declare for the NBA draft, so staying in the draft is always possible, although the feedback is more likely.

Regardless, one college basketball insider, Jeff Goodman of Field of 68, had some positive things to say about where Michigan stands with Goldin.

"It would greatly surprise me if Vlad Goldin ends up anywhere but Ann Arbor."


That's what Michigan basketball fans want to hear. With the transfer portal especially, you don't want the wait to go too long after the crystal balls for a commitment. So hopefully, there's nothing to worry about but according to Goodman and others, there isn't.