Thoughts on Michigan basketball losing Tarris Reed to transfer portal

Michigan basketball has lost three players to the transfer portal in the past three days and here are some thoughts on Tarris Reed.
Michigan forward Tarris Reed Jr. (32) goes to the basket against Penn State forward Zach Hicks (24)
Michigan forward Tarris Reed Jr. (32) goes to the basket against Penn State forward Zach Hicks (24) / Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK

The departures keep on coming for Michigan basketball, just like we told you that they would. The latest to announce a departure via the transfer portal is former top-50 recruit Tarris Reed.

Reed signed with the Michigan basketball program in the 2022 recruiting class. It was supposed to be a program-defining class, just like the one in 2021, which was ranked No. 1. However, two years later, all the players are gone from that class as Reed announced his intention to transfer.

The 6-foot-10 big man was actually the top-ranked recruit signed by Michigan basketball in the 2022 class. He played some key minutes off the bench as a freshman and had a key role in a win over Michigan State, but he didn't become a starter until the 2023-24 season.

Reed averaged nine points and 7.3 rebounds per game this past season as well as a 1.4 blocks per game. He shot 51 percent from the field but just 58 percent at the charity stripe. I'm sure there's going to be a big market for Reed and here are some thoughts on what it means for the Wolverines.

Breaking down Tarris Reed's departure

It wasn't surprising to see Dug McDaniel leave after a six-game suspension this past season, but Reed was also close to head coach Juwan Howard. I was hoping Reed would stick around because he's a solid defender, scorer, and rebounder. He's the kind of player that's valuable in today's college basketball and another Big Ten team could snatch him up, although there will be others interested too.

For Michigan basketball, it means starting over at center and point guard. That's not ideal, but with a new head coach, it's the best time to do it. It's kind of startling but among current players and recruits/signees -- not one has firmly committed to Michigan for next season.


That will change once a new coach is hired but this Wolverines team will look drastically different in 2024-25.