ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- It was kind of unorthodox in initial delivery but Michigan basketball has their captains in place for the 2014-15 season.
John Beilein was on the floor handing out the Wolverines 2013-14 Big Ten championship rings Saturday as part of a pregame ceremony that also resulted in yet another banner flying up to the rafters of Crisler Center.
“We make a big deal of that in our locker room but we don’t make a big deal of it outside the locker room,” Beilein said. “So, yeah they will be captains all year long.
“Those two, we had a team vote, which was practically unanimous and the coaching staff was unanimous too. We’re really excited about those two guys leading us into the future.”
The title of captain comes as quite an honor for two players that were essentially late throw-ins to a very strong and highly rated 2012 class.
Both under the radar and under recruited for various reasons, LeVert and Albrecht quickly proved their worth for Michigan playing small but critical roles for the Wolverines as freshmen.
Following strong first seasons, both made jumps as sophomores and following the early departures to the NBA by Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary, as well as the graduation of Jordan Morgan and transfer of Jon Horford, both are now the veterans on this current Michigan team.
Not players likely to be seen showing visible anger or heard getting on guys, the captainship will be a learning on the job type of deal for both Albrecht and LeVert.
“Neither one are holler guys now and that’s something we’re teaching them,” Beilein said. “We really pride ourselves in teaching that characteristic but it’s not as natural to some.
“And so there’s little things that as the year goes on that we’ll say Spike this is what you could’ve done at that time or if the freshman’s down, you need to go and take him to dinner right now. Those are the type of things I think we need to coach up.
“That might’ve been more natural to some people. But I’ll tell you what, they’re loyal and they’re in it for all the right reasons and we have no doubt they’re going to make the right decisions, they just probably have to make more of them.”