Over the coming days and weeks we’ll be debating the 2012-13 Michigan basketball team with a number of people that cover the team daily. In a new feature called Ask the Beat we reached out to Michigan basketball beat writers to answer some of our questions about this year’s team. Rod Beard of the Detroit News, Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com, Joe and Rob White of iSportsWeb all agreed to join up. Our first question looks at which of Michigan’s departing rotation players will be missed the most this year.
Which departing player – Zack Novak, Stu Douglass or Evan Smotrycz – will be missed the most in 2012-13?
Rod Beard (Detroit News): Probably Novak, obviously for the leadership. He was a vocal leader and wasn’t afraid to get riled up to try to motivate the team. They played for him and after the loss to Ohio in the NCAA tournament, the players were disappointed that they didn’t win a game for Novak and Douglass. The big question mark is whether someone else will be able to fit into