ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Now in his eighth season as Michigan's coach, John Beilein is becoming accustomed to early departures.
This year, he'll have to replace Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III, and Mitch McGary, all of whom left Michigan for the NBA after their sophomore seasons. What's left is a roster with only one senior — but plenty of potential leaders.
The Wolverines have a core of experienced players who they'll be able to rely on. Juniors Caris LeVert and Spike Albrecht played significant roles on the team that won the Big Ten championship last season, and Derrick Walton and Zak Irvin return as sophomores. The lone senior is forward Max Bielfeldt, who may need to contribute more now that McGary's departure has left a void inside.