With D.J. Wilson's departure to the NBA Draft, Michigan has a need to fill at the power forward position.
While U-M head coach John Beilein talked up the possibility of seeing Duncan Robinson at the four-spot, incoming freshman Isaiah Livers could also see time at the power forward this season. While he has a long way to go until he's ready to see the court in major minutes, Beilein sees the similarities between his departing player Wilson and incoming player in Livers.
"He's very much like D.J. actually," Beilein said. "He blocks shots, he can really shoot and he's probably as skilled as anyone we've had coming in that's that size. He can rebound at a higher level, he's got to rebound at a higher level. It seems like sometimes we recruit guys that can't rebound but then they become rebounders. He's gotta rebound better and he knows it. Be in position to be in position, just get in there and the ball will fall into your hand. That would be the biggest thing, to be strong. Every freshman we've ever had that did not play either there was a lot of depth at his position or he didn't play tough enough or understand defense. It comes down to that."
Beilein appears to be satisfied with the combination of Robinson and Livers at the four but remained non-committal as to whether the Wolverines will try to fill the open scholarship spot left behind by Wilson. Regardless of whether the scholarship gets filled or not, Beilein believes he has similar players that can fill in when needed.
Of course, Livers has some work to do until he can become a full-time starter, however.
"There are some striking similarities there because they are both big-time jump shot shooters," Beilein said. "I would even say with Isaiah that he would prefer the jump shot over the drive probably too much for his size. That's something he's going to work at and he realizes this. His skill level to pass, play and do some things is really extraordinary."