All of us know how disappointing this season has been for our Wolverines.
Heading into the season, a second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance was realistic, even with a difficult schedule.
But things haven't worked out that way. Manny Harris has been somewhat inconsistent, and Zack Novak and Stu Douglass have struggled with their shots all year long.
So, assuming that they won't win the Big Ten Tournament, it's time to look into the future of the program.
The latest NBA Draft projections have Harris as an early to mid second round pick, so it's safe to say that he will be back next year. DeShawn Sims, of course, will not be.
Jordan Morgan will be healthy next year, but it will essentially be his freshman season. Evan Stomrycz, who is a top 75 recruit in all circles, will help. His game has been said to be similar to Sims', with a more consistent outside shot.
Michigan is in the running to land Jon Horford (yes, there is a relation to Al Horford), another big body who has some offense but whose strength is rebounding. Horford has yet to announce where he will be headed next year.
The backcourt is in good hands. Novak, Douglass, Laval Lucas-Perry, and, as stated before, Harris will all be back next year. Darius Morris and Matt Vogrich, who have both looked lost at times as freshmen, may be able to be counted on more as sophomores. If not, incoming freshman Tim Hardaway Jr. may be able to help.
Michigan fans will be in a frenzy if Trey Ziegler decides to come to Michigan. Ziegler is one of the top shooting guard prospects in the country, and his scoring and slashing ability would be sorely needed on this team. Ziegler, as well as Horford, has not announced where he will play yet.
In 2011, one of the top point guards, Carlton Brundridge, has committed to the Maize and Blue, and Michigan is the leading candidate for Amir Miller, one the top center prospects from Detroit Country Day.
John Beilein received a contract extension through 2016 and has shown the ability to get top prospects to consider coming to Michigan. This season has been lost, but there is still plenty of hope on the horizon for the Maize and Blue.
Chris Schei is the author of The Magical Season of the Maize and Blue, available on Lulu.com.
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