April is a month that Michigan fans have grown to hate. The month has become synonymous not with the end of the season but with attrition.
Manny Harris left after his junior season in 2010 and Darius Morris continued the early entry trend in 2011. Last spring, Trey Burke flirted with the NBA before returning to school while Evan Smotrycz headlined a large group of transfers out of John Beilein’s program.
Michigan is the youngest team in the NCAA tournament this season and will face a Kansas team that starts four seniors on Friday evening. John Beilein emphasized the importance of nurturing experience in the program.
“Right now Michigan has had growing crowds, great facilities and really good teammates [to get to that point of stability]. That’s the formula that it takes,” Beilein said at a press conference on Tuesday. “And [we want to] recruit the right kids who are unpacking their bags when they get here so that we aren’t renting them for a couple of years before so th...