CHICAGO -- Michigan basketball heads into the 2014-15 season with many questions and a whole lot of youth all over the court.
This isn’t exactly unfamiliar territory for John Beilein and the Wolverines though.
During their miraculous run through the NCAA tournament in 2013, Michigan had three freshmen in the starting lineup, as well as a sophomore and junior.
Yes, four of those five did go on to be first round NBA draft picks in the coming years but even so, with the right talent and system the Beilein has proven the Wolverines will remain effective regardless.
This season, Michigan has seven players that haven’t played in a college basketball game just yet, including three of four big men that will rotate in and out at the five spot.
What Michigan does have though, is Caris LeVert.
Finishing as a second team All-Big Ten selection a season ago after averaging 12.9 points per game, LeVert enters the year as an All-Big Ten preseason selection and appears to be ready to make the leap as Michigan’s first option offensively.
If it weren’t for the Wolverines getting involved late in LeVert’s recruitment, who knows what the future may have held for the Ohio native, much like two late additions Michigan made in the spring of 2014 with Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Aubrey Dawkins.
Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Brian Snow gives his thoughts on the under recruited and underrated LeVert who, with a big season, should find himself next in line to be the fifth first round NBA draft pick in three years for Michigan.
“You look at Caris LeVert, he didn’t make the A team for All-Ohio,” Snow said. “I think Terry Rozier was one of the guards and I have a hard time remembering who the other one was but they literally said Caris you’re not good enough.
“Well then I see him in the state finals in Ohio, they have them on TV and I’m like whoa this cat’s really good. I didn’t know how good and you’re watching on TV so it’s not the same but that kid from 12 months, Ohio University took him, planned to send him to prep school, they didn’t even really offer him.
“It was like well, you know he can score, we’ll send him to prep school and see if we like him. Then they figured out no we better sign this dude and then John Groce gets the job at Illinois and doesn’t call the kid. He just didn’t think he’d be able to play at the Big Ten level, and he can, and he’s going to play at the NBA level.”
Click play below for Snow’s thoughts on Michigan and their chances in the Big Ten this season, as well as the development of others on the Wolverines’ roster.