After an offseason spent in limbo, college basketball received a dose of clarity on Wednesday. The NCAA Division I Council reached a comprehensive agreement that, among other protocols, announced the 2020-21 season will start on Nov. 25.
Last spring, as the former Columbia point guard narrowed down his list of transfer suitors, the candid and persistent approach of Michigan coach Juwan Howard stood out among the rest. In early April, Smith chose the Wolverines over Gonzaga, Arizona and Seton Hall.
All of these changes will give Michigan’s offense a completely different look this year. Leadership will come from Livers, yes, but who will join him in that role? Will anyone make the same type of plays that Simpson once helped create? Will the widely-hailed recruiting class live up to its sky-high expectations?
Of course, we can’t know for sure how Michigan will replace Simpson’s presence in those areas . But there are a few places where we can make some educated guesses.
The Wolverines need Dickinson, a four-star center and the 42nd-ranked recruit in the 247Sports composite rankings, to contribute right away. Two-year starter Jon Teske graduated in the spring, leaving Dickinson and fifth-year senior Austin Davis — who has yet to start in his collegiate career — as the only centers on the roster.