Buckle your seat belts, hold onto your hats and secure all your loose change. It’s time for another season of Michigan basketball, and, judging from the team’s performance over the past few years, anything could happen. Will the Wolverines stay healthy enough to make an NCAA Tournament run? Or will the team implode like last season? Your guess is as good as ours.

Jess Cox

This year’s issue features a number of in-depth feature stories about this year’s squad. Canada’s Mr. Basketball last year, Jevohn Shepherd, signed on to play college ball for the Wolverines. The twist? His female counterpart from up north joined him in Ann Arbor to play for the women’s team.

Our center spread takes a look at Tommy Amaker’s first six Michigan recruits. No one could have predicted the adversity they would face in their first three years at Michigan. But now, in the group’s final year, they’re focused on bringing the Wolverines back to March Madness.

Big man Graham Brown looks slim and trim heading into his final season. We investigate the role he’s played sparking Michigan with hustle plays.

Finally, we examine Michigan’s 2003 Mr. Basketball, Dion Harris. He struggled while carrying the load last season but should be more comfortable now, thanks to the returns of Daniel Horton and Lester Abram.

It’s going to be an exciting season for Michigan basketball, so let’s get ready to tipoff A– ’05 style.

Scott Bell

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