On Thursday, the Michigan Wolverines got some big news as senior leader Isaiah Livers announced he would be declaring for the 2021 NBA Draft. He put together an outstanding career in Ann Arbor and will now take his talents to the next level. This was an anticipated decision, but was made official on Thursday.
thank you michigan— Isaiah (@isaiah__02) April 15, 2021
During his four seasons in Ann Arbor, Livers played in 119 games and averaged an impressive 13.1 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game in his final season with the program. He went from a starter in the 2018 Final Four to a senior captain on a Michigan team that earned a one seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament. Livers will leave the Wolverines with arguably one of the most impressive careers in program history.
From a Draft perspective, Livers is currently rated as the 70th best prospect available by The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie. However, much will depend on Livers’ recovery from his late season injury and whether he can play during Draft workouts. Most believe his recovery will be swift, so everyone will be hoping he’s healthy for the Draft process.
Unfortunately for Michigan, there’s really no replacing a player like Livers. He was a contributor on and off the floor and led one of the best four-year runs in program history. However, his departure was expected, so that should help. Additionally, Michigan is adding a loaded 2021 class and will likely explore the transfer market as well. We’ll have to wait and see how things shake out.