Originally posted on UM Hoops  |  Last updated 7/24/13
Michigan was the third youngest major conference basketball team last season but had leadership where it counted, in the backcourt. This season, the Wolverines have just two players with more than sophomore eligibility and John Beilein won’t have the luxury of leaning on the best player in the country to run his offense. Instead, he could look to a freshman. “The big difference [from last season] is that the backcourt looks like it could be brand new,” Beilein said at a Tuesday press conference. “Or we could shift some people around. That’s going to be the biggest difference.” Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. are on NBA rosters and Michigan is forced to reload. “Whether it’s Nik Stauskas and Caris LeVert the backcourt or if it’s Derrick Walton and Zak Irvin. That’s the biggest difference.” It’s not a new phenomenon for Beilein. The Wolverines have started two of the last four seasons with a true freshman at the point guard spot. Darius Morris in 2009 and Trey Burke in 2011. With both of
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