The winds of change blew through the Michigan men’s basketball program this offseason.
From graduating players and early pro departures to transfers and portal additions, the Wolverines have seen it all over the past three months. That’s led to a revamped roster for the 2022-23 season, with Michigan welcoming as many new faces (seven) as returning ones (six).
Here’s a breakdown of the comings and goings of scholarship players since the end of the 2021-22 season:
Eli Brooks, G. The two-time captain and program’s all-time winningest player is starting his pro career after exhausting his eligibility. A steadying presence at the two the past three seasons, his value of him on both ends was easy to overlook but wo n’t be easy to replace in the backcourt.
Frankie Collins, G. The former top-50 recruit seemed to be in line to take over the reins of the offense in his second season. That all changed when the point guard opted to head to Arizona State after the Wolverines reeled in a veteran guard out of transfer portal.
Moussa Diabate, F: The Paris product showed flashes of his promise but was inconsistent during his freshman season. He’ll look to develop his game and reach his full potential in an NBA system after leaving early and being drafted in the second round by the LA Clippers.
Caleb Houston, F. Like Diabate, Houstan’s freshman campaign was a mixed bag that had its highs and lows. And like Diabate, the former five-star recruit was a one-and-done who will look to improve his skills at the pro level as a second-round draft pick of the Orlando Magic.
Zeb Jackson, G. Heading into a make-or-break sophomore campaign, a non-COVID-related illness sidelined him before the season and put him behind the eight ball. After appearing in just four games, I have opted to enter the transfer portal and made the move to VCU.
Brandon Johns Jr., F. The East Lansing natives could never put it all together during his time in Ann Arbor. His production of him dipped his senior year and he eventually was relegated to a reserve role after beginning the season in the starting lineup. A change of scenery could do him good, as he’ll take advantage of the NCAA’s extra COVID year at VCU.
DeVante’ Jones, G. The Coastal Carolina grad transfer came in and took over the starting point guard spot. While it took some time for him to find his jogging from him, he picked up his play midway through the Big Ten slate and reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in his career. Like Brooks, he’s chasing his NBA dream after going undrafted.
Adrien Nunez, G. His career never took off at Michigan, where he appeared in 62 games and averaged 4.4 minutes per contest. He hasn’t announced any plans to take advantage of the NCAA’s extra year of eligibility since graduating and appears set on becoming a full-time social-media influencer.
Isaiah Barnes, G/F: Though he made two brief appearances, his freshman season was mostly a developmental year where he spent his time working on his game and sculpting his body with strength and conditioning coach Jon Sanderson. He figures to factor into the mix of perimeter players next season.
Kobe Bufkin, G. The Grand Rapids product saw sporadic playing time throughout his freshman year and only appeared in one of Michigan’s four postseason games. With the team’s top three guards — Brooks, Collins and Jones — all gone, the Wolverines will be counting on Bufkin to make a sophomore leap, improving his defense and outside shooting (22.2% from 3-point range).
Hunter Dickinson, C. Arguably the biggest news this offseason was Dickinson announcing his return for his junior season without even testing the NBA pre-draft process. With Dickinson back in the fold, the Wolverines will return one of the best players in the Big Ten and the focal point of their offense.
Jace Howard, G/F: Coach Juwan Howard’s son stepped in and stepped up on several occasions with his energy, effort and toughness. Though he’s not much of an offensive threat, he showed he could provide some juice and give the Wolverines what they need when called upon for short stretches.
Will Tschetter, F. Michigan fans didn’t get to see any of Tschetter since he redshirted as a freshman and spent the season focusing on his development. With two starters — Houstan and Diabate — and another reserve — Johns — gone in the frontcourt, he’ll get the chance to show off his skills next season.
Terrance Williams II, F: Williams carved out a consistent role in the rotation and was essentially the team’s sixth man. His 3-point shot from him was a weapon down the stretch (53.3% over his final seven games) and he’ll be Michigan’s top returning outside shooter. The Wolverines will likely lean on him for more minutes and production his junior year.
Joey Baker, F. In April, he announced his plans to return to Duke for a fifth season. Those plans changed when he entered the transfer portal in May and committed to michigan over Georgia and George Washington in June. He figures to play a larger role — potentially as a starter or sixth man — with the Wolverines than he ever did with the Blue Devils.
Greg Glenn III, F. Ranked the No. 116 prospect in the nation by 247Sports, he’s the lowest-rated recruit of Michigan’s group of incoming freshmen. And given the number of bodies that will be competing for minutes at the four, he’ll have his work cut out move up the depth chart and see the floor.
Jett Howard, G/F: Coach Howard’s youngest son, a top-40 recruit, brings what the Wolverines need — perimeter shooting. Given the amount of production that Michigan will need to replace, his size, skill set and versatility should put him in position to receive a healthy helping of minutes from Day 1.
Youssef Khayat, F. The international prospect and Class of 2022 recruit picked the Wolverines over DePaul, Wake Forest and Xavier last month, becoming the final piece to Michigan’s roster puzzle. A Lebanon native who has played the past several years for a professional team in France, he’ll look to follow the likes of Franz Wagner and Diabate and become the latest European-born player to make an immediate impact under Howard.
Jaelin Llewellyn, G. The Princeton grad transfer appeared like he was headed to Clemson before he backed off his pledge and committed to Michigan 10 days later. Following the footsteps of Mike Smith and Jones, the All-Ivy League first-teamer will make the jump to the Big Ten and assume the point guard responsibilities.
Dug McDaniel, G. The freshman point guard is poised to play a support role during his first year in Ann Arbor and will help take on some of the ballhandling duties with Collins and Jones both gone. His playing time could fluctuate, though, based on how he and Llewellyn adjust to the level of competition and Michigan’s system.
Tarris Reed, C. The 6-foot-10 big man is the highest-ranked recruit in Michigan’s incoming freshman class, checking in at No. 33 in the nation by 247Sports. He’ll give the Wolverines another force in the middle and getting a year to play behind and learn from Dickinson should be beneficial.