The Michigan Wolverines got some tough news on Monday as fans learned the program would be losing rising sophomore guard Cole Bajema to transfer. While Bajema only saw limited minutes in his freshman season, many thought he could develop into a reliable contributor later in his career. Juwan Howard and his staff will now have to find a replacement.
Confirming everyone else’s confirmation that Cole Bajema is in the transfer portal.— Anthony Broome (@anthonytbroome) May 6, 2020
Before arriving in Ann Arbor, Bajema was regarded as a four-star prospect by 247Sports and considered one of the better prospects nationally in the 2019 recruiting class. Many Wolverine fans hoped he could be the next in a long line of great guards with the program.
And while Bajema only saw limited playing time as a true freshman, he was slated as one of the players most likely to take a step forward into next season. With the loss of players like Zavier Simpson, David DeJulius and Jon Teske, there would be minutes available and Bajema was a player who might be able to grab some of them.
With his departure, Michigan is now even thinner in the backcourt. Eli Brooks is back, but there are really only question marks around him. Howard is going to have his hands full trying to fill the two spot and getting depth off the bench. Fans will have to hope Howard and his staff can add some more pieces this offseason.
Michigan is still in decent shape going forward, but Bajema’s loss was certainly a disappointing one. Either way, everyone certainly wishes him the best moving forward.