Xavier Simpson Projection by Rob Harrington:
Simpson’s demonstrable prowess as a playmaker and winner should enable him to earn significant early playing time, albeit likely behind Derrick Walton. He’s also a blossoming shooter, though he’ll likely need to establish his reliability from long-range to make a substantial scoring impact as an underclassman.
Although Michigan came on late to win the recruitment, it’s easy to understand why an intelligent, measured player such as Simpson — who also can shoot — would appeal to John Beilein.
I project him as a four-year player on the basis of size and athleticism, and if that proves to be the case then the Wolverines will be extremely fortunate. However one assesses Simpson for the pros, there’s no question he can be immediately effective — and perhaps take the next step as he matures — in college. And we know based on experience not to make too many assumptions, for any level, based purely on size.
Simpson ranks No. 55 in the Class of 2016 and as our No. 12 point guard.