Barring any late surprises, Michigan’s basketball roster is set for the 2022-2023 season now that the Wolverines landed Youssef HayatLebanese basketball sensation, on Sunday.
While the Wolverines lost some players from last year’s team: Caleb Houston and Moussa Diabate to the NBA, Frankie Collins to Arizona State and Brandon Jones to the VCU, Michigan added a couple of key figures this summer with the addition of Jaelin Llewellyn (Princeton). and Joey Baker (Duke) along with Hyatt.
The Wolverines will have a solid recruiting kit this fall, with Juwan Howard’s son, Jett Howard, heading the class. Since Moussa Diabate has announced the draft, new center Tarris Reed should get significant playing time, and point guard Doug McDaniel should also see some play in the reserve. The bigger question from the new freshmen will be how does new forward Gregg Glenn fit into this year’s rotation, or does he see the year in the redshirt?
With all that said, we’ll do our best to predict what the roster will look like next year when Michigan first hits the court.
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BOSTON, MA – MARCH 12: Jaelyn Llewellyn #13 of the Princeton Tigers dribbles during the Ivy League Basketball Tournament semifinal game against the Cornell Big Red at the Lavietes Pavilion on March 12, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Rachel O’Driscoll/Getty Images)
Starter: Jaelin Llewellyn (21-22 stats: 15.7 ppg, 4 rpg, 2.5 apg and 39% of 3)
Backup: Doug McDaniel (new freshman)
Michigan lost two top point guards from last year’s Sweet 16 team after losing Devante Jones to a release and Frankie Collins to a transfer portal. Collins was supposed to be the starting PG this season and it looked like Llewellyn would be a good fit for shooting guard – a more natural position – but now that Collins has decided to leave, Llewellyn will have to become floor general. Llewelyn averaged just 2.5 assists per game at Princeton, but he was the top scorer there and will have some help on the floor next season.
Michigan will get a nice boost in 3-point shooting when it comes to the senior quarterback, having shot almost 40% from 3 last year. Jones scored 34% of 3 and Collins scored 16% of 3. Considering the Wolverines were a poor shooting team last season, Llewellyn will no doubt help with that.
Not only is Llewellyn supposed to be the starting PG on this Michigan team and Collins is leaving the program, but there’s no one on the list who would fit in as a stunt double other than new rookie Doug McDaniel. McDaniel – 5ft 11in, fast, speedy guard with good court vision. It will be interesting to see how his offensive play fits in with the Wolverines.
November 16, 2021; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Michigan Wolverines defenseman Coby Bufkin (2) goes to the basket on Seton Hall Pirates forward Tyreese Samuel (4) in the first half at the Chrysler Center. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Starter: Kobe Bufkin (21-22 stats: three points per game, one rebound per game and 22% from three)
Backup: Jett Howard (new freshman)
The Wolverines have lost their glue in the past five years after Eli Brooks ran out of playing years. Brooks was a great team leader and threw 3 points. I think Michigan could try to replace the precious minutes Brooks plays with the Wolverines by playing with a larger roster this year. Corn and blue could make Jett Howard the starting shooting guard, but I also believe Kobe Bufkin will get a first chance.
Bufkin will start his second season and have a lot of work to do on his attacking game. Bufkin was dangerous offensively at times, especially behind the three-point line. The 6-foot-4 defenseman found his role towards the end of the season, playing 10 minutes a game, becoming a slasher and a solid defenseman. The Wolverines will need to see Bufkin continue to improve his shooting from long range, but Coach Howard will also enjoy Bufkin’s defense in the starting lineup.
Jett Howard is a 6-foot-7 all-rounder and could take a few minutes off Bufkin if Coach Howard wants to increase his shot count on the court. Jett Howard is expected to become an elite player in his first season at Ann Arbor, so he’ll get a lot of minutes one way or another.
Jett Howard (13) of IMG Academy dribbles during the 48th Annual City of Palms Classic between IMG Academy and Milton HS on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at the Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Fort Myers, Florida.
Starter: Jett Howard (new freshman)
Backup: Joey Baker (statistics 21-22: 4.5 points per game and 40% of 3)
The Wolverines lost their five-star freshman to the NBA draft after Caleb Housten announced he was giving up his three remaining years of eligibility. As mentioned earlier, Michigan will provide Jett Howard with a lot of playing time.
Howard was 247Sports’ 39th rookie and has an elite offensive game since graduating from high school. Howard played for IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida and can play all three perimeter positions. Michigan fans should be very happy when they see Howard enter the court for the Wolverine, seeing his ability to throw 3 and play defense.
It was also mentioned earlier that The Wolverine had a really tough year for filming the 3rd. Coach Howard decided to recruit shooters through the transfer portal, and he did just that by bringing in Joey Baker from Duke. Baker was a former top 40 player in high school bound for Duke and was a high-four-star rookie. Baker got lost in the shuffle with the Blue Devils after they brought in five stars for five, but Baker does one thing really well: throwing a 3. Baker could end up getting the nod as a starter here if Michigan moves Jett Howard. attacking defender, but for now he will be a substitute for the Wolverines.
Terrence Williams II of Michigan reacts to a basket hit during the first half of a college basketball game against Tennessee in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, March 19, 2022, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Starter: Terrence Williams (21-22 stats: 4.7 ppg, 2 rebounds per game and 39% from 3)
Backup: Youseff Hyatt (FIBA stats 21-22: 16.7 points per game, 7.6 rebounds per game, 43% from the field and 35.2% from 3 in 33 games with Limoges)
Michigan lost another five-star freshman from last year when Moussa Diabate opted to stay in the NBA draft, but the Wolverines have two players better suited to play alongside Hunter Dickinson.
I believe that Terrence Williams will get the go-ahead for the start of the season. Williams will start his junior season in Ann Arbor and he has shown the guts to play against anyone. The 6-foot-7 forward can hit the post when needed, and he has shown touch to land clutch shots deep in the game. The Washington DC product is a good compliment to Hunter Dickinson on the court.
The main backup here should be Youseff Hyatt, who can do a lot of damage to Michigan, but it could take him a while to get used to college ball in the Big Ten. Hayat, who is 19, 6ft 8in, can also play in the 3rd position, but I think his game is designed for the 4th position in Ann Arbor. If Hayat’s role is to play on the Wolverine’s second roster, he could pick up a few points off the bench and lead Michigan’s bench in scoring next year. The European product has numerous ways to score a goal and has been noted to play well defensively.
I also believe Juwan Howard will give Jace Howard some playing time behind Hyatt. Jace Howard only had four minutes per game last year, but he wasn’t afraid to jump in and do whatever it took to help his team win.
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – MARCH 19: Hunter Dickinson #1 of the Michigan Wolverines reacts after beating the Tennessee Volunteers 76-68 in the second round of the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on March 19, 2022 in Indianapolis, State Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Starter: Hunter Dickinson (21–22 stats: 18.6 ppg, 8.6 rebounds per game, 1.5 blocks per game, 56% from the field and 33% from 3-pointers)
Backup: Tarris Reed (new freshman)
Unsurprisingly, Hunter Dickinson will reclaim his starting role at Michigan’s center next season. Dickinson is an All-Big Ten player and has the ability to double-double every game. The future junior developed an offside game where he hit 32% of 3 during his sophomore campaign in Ann Arbor.
Michigan should continue its inside-out attacking game plan again next year, and Dickinson is the player who should be in contention for Big Ten Player of the Year and possibly National Player of the Year.
The difficulty is who will be the main backup? I think it will be the new 6’10” freshman Tarris Reed. Reed was the 33rd player in the country by 247Sports and he preferred Michigan to Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue and others. Reed would be big enough to come in and play for Michigan when Dickinson needs a breather.
Another player who can see a few minutes here is Will Chatter, who played in the red jersey last year. Chatter is a better fit for a 4, but if Michigan wants to play smallball then Chatter would be a good player to bet up and down.