As he embarks on his senior season, and his first in Ann Arbor, Brown is an accomplished college player. He is both battle-tested, having been a three-year starter in the notoriously difficult ACC, and dependable.
In addition to adjusting to their new lives off the court, freshmen have to adapt to the speed and physicality of the college game, learn new schemes and take on completely different roles. For most incoming freshmen, in no area is this leap more considerable than on defense — especially at the high-major level.
Simpson’s on-court impact can’t be replicated by one player. Michigan will look to a platoon at the point guard spot, with three players — senior Eli Brooks, graduate transfer Mike Smith and freshman Zeb Jackson — vying for playing time.
Being a Division I head coach seemed like a pipe dream, but so had being an assistant coach at that level. It was impossible to know where exactly his journey would lead him next. If Yaklich ever became a head coach, he wanted to be ready.