On Monday, the Michigan Wolverines got some big news as junior forward Isaiah Livers announced that he would be declaring for the 2020 NBA Draft and will be hiring an agent. Most expected the forward to test the Draft waters and this was a big step in that direction.
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Isaiah Livers announced he will apply for early entry for 2020 NBA Draft. He intends to go through evaluation process before making a final decision on foregoing his senior season
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During his three seasons in Ann Arbor, Livers played in a total of 96 games and averaged 12.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in his final season. Livers was a key contributor for two NCAA Tournament teams, including the 2017-’18 squad that made the national championship game. He also appeared destined for some great things this season before being sidelined with injuries for an extensive period of time.
The focus for Livers and Wolverine fans will now turn to uncharted waters as this year’s Draft process will have to work through the COVID-19 health crisis. Pursuant to recent NBA rule changes, Livers will still have the option to return to Michigan. However, nobody is quite sure about how that timeline might work out with all of these unusual circumstances.
Should Livers end up staying in the Draft, it would certainly be a significant hit to Michigan’s outlook heading into next season. Livers was the team’s best offensive player and was a lot better than his raw statistics showed last season. If he had played without injury, he would have had a serious shot at All-Big Ten status. Players like Brandon Johns will have to take over in his absence.
There’s no telling what Livers will choose to do in the coming weeks, but it should make for some interesting news this spring.