Earlier this week, the Michigan Wolverines got some big news as guard Chaundee Brown announced he would be declaring for the 2021 NBA Draft. After his productive play over the last few months, this felt like a likely outcome. However, it’s still notable to see him make the announcement official.
During his single season in Ann Arbor, Brown averaged 8.0 points and 3.1 rebounds per game. He was the team’s most consistent bench contributor and provided valuable depth at the two and three spots for players like Eli Brooks and Franz Wagner. He was also one of the team’s best defensive players. There’s little debating Brown was a key reason Michigan won the Big Ten regular season title and advanced to the Elite Eight. Brown arrived at Michigan after playing three seasons with Wake Forest.
From a Draft perspective, it’s hard to get a feel on where Brown could land. He’s not listed on Sam Vecenie’s latest big board and hasn’t gotten much other discussion. However, his ability to contribute as a role player could be valuable at the next level. Expect him to get a serious look for the G League and beyond.
Michigan will have its hands full replacing Brown. The good news is he came off the bench, so the team won’t need to replace a ton of minutes. However, he was a key contributor and often played in key minutes down the stretch. Don’t be surprised if Michigan looks at adding a transfer guard to replace some of his lost contributions. We’ll have to wait and see over the coming weeks.