Just a month ago, shortly after losing to Texas Tech in the Sweet Sixteen, the Michigan men’s basketball team began popping up on “way too early” top-10 lists.
At that point, there was no reason to doubt that the Wolverines would be a top-level program. But that was before guard Jordan Poole and forward Ignas Brazdeikis decided to stay in the NBA Draft. That was before top recruit Jalen Wilson decommitted. That was before Hall of Fame-worthy coach John Beilein left for the Cleveland Cavaliers.