Vlad Goldin's commitment gives Michigan basketball pieces to make NCAA tournament

Michigan basketball finally landed the commitment of Vlad Goldin and here's why it could mean an NCAA tournament berth in year one for Dusty May.
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 / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan basketball has been the favorite to land former FAU center Vlad Goldin for weeks, but on Monday, the 7-foot-1 center finally made it official, announcing a commitment to the Wolverines.

Goldin joins his former head coach Dusty May with Michigan basketball and while the Wolverines have made some key additions in the past month, this is by far the most important.

What Vlad Goldin means for Michigan basketball

Goldin averaged 15.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks last season for FAU. He's an incredibly skilled low-post scorer and was more efficient in post-up scoring than Hunter Dickinson last season. That's essentially who the Wolverines are getting.

Except Goldin isn't a shooter. He's never attempted a 3-point shot in his college career. But he shot 67 percent on 2-pointers last season and made 64 percent of his free throws. Goldin is going to be the centerpiece of the offense.

May has surrounded Goldin with shooters and playmakers. Will Tschetter, Sam Walters, and Danny Wolf offer intriguing pieces alongside Goldin at the four and five. Walters can play on the wing too. You also have Rubin Jones and Roddy Gayle too because I have a feeling that we'll see plenty of three-guard lineups surrounding Goldin.

Michigan has three players 6-foot-10 or taller to pair with Tschetter. That's good size for the Big Ten. May has also added a true point guard in Richardson, two exciting freshmen in Justin Pippen and Lorenzo Cason, as well as Gayle, who averaged 13 ppg last season for Ohio State, even though he shot just 28 percent from deep.

Gayle, as a reminder, shot 83 percent from the free-throw line, so I think his shooting numbers were a fluke and won't be that bad next season. If he shoots around 35 percent from 3-point range, he could be an All-Big Ten performer. Jones is just a winner and Donaldson started 10 games for an NCAA tournament team.

We don't know if Jace Howard and Nimari Burnett will be back. But George Washington III will be and that's another 3-point shooting guard. At this point, there might be another roster move or two, if there is some attrition, but Michigan basketball can make out a starting lineup and a rotation right now.


Dusty May said he wanted to be good right away and the Wolverines are good enough to make the NCAA tournament in year one now that they have Vlad Goldin.