Davis adds to Michigan depth
There is no doubt that Michigan Head Coach John Beilein is trying to make sure he has significant size in his frontcourt. On Thursday night the Wolverines snagged their second commitment in the class of 2016, and like the first one, it comes from a post player. Already in the 2016 class, Michigan had the commitment of Ohio native Jon Teske. Teske is a 6-foot-11 and 215 pound center who runs the floor well, has good hands, a nice touch out to the mid-range, and is a decent athlete. Now they are adding another big body in Austin Davis. Unlike Teske who is a long and thin post man who uses finesse on the court, Davis is a 6-foot-10 and 245 banger on the low block. Davis does have solid hands and a decent jump hook, but is also a limited athlete. What is interesting about taking both Teske and Davis, is Michigan is already slated to have two juniors in Mark Donnal and Ricky Doyle also on the roster. Donnal is someone who can slide over and play the power forward position, but lately Beilein has shown a desire to play small, so that would go against the grain of what he has done recently. With that, it will be interesting to see how this plays out. It is likely that either Davis or Teske gets a redshirt as a freshman. For Teske it would be to help him gain weight, for Davis to help re-shape his body and lose a little bit of weight while getting more athletic. It is possible that if Beilein goes back to playing zone defense, he has been mostly man-to-man in recent years, that Davis and Teske could find themselves on the floor at the same time, and clearly that would give the Wolverines a ton of size down low, and in theory really help them in rebounding the basketball. Now that Davis is in the fold, the Wolverines have likely one scholarship left to give unless they are able to land a wing to finish out the 2015 class. With that remaining scholarship one would think a perimeter player who is capable of handling the ball in a secondary role would be the priority for Michigan. Still this pledge from Davis is a solid one, and it gives Michigan a ton of depth in the frontcourt and a lot of size. Beilein is the master of making things work with his roster and putting the pieces together on the court, so it will be interesting to see how he decides to use his numerous options with size and length on the low block.
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