Big Ten Basketball Look Ahead to 2022-23: Michigan Wolverines


Just last Thursday I was posing the question of how do the Buckeyes replace nine players. So naturally the biggest question mark for rival Michigan is how to replace 10 (though only eight were scholarship players). Gone are Eli Brooks, Frankie Collins, Moussa Diabate, Caleb Houstan, Zeb Jackson, Brandon Johns Jr., DeVante’ Jones, and Adrien Nunez. That represents four of five starters, six of the eight highest scorers for the team, and six of the eight players posting the most minutes played. However, returning will be Hunter Dickinson for his junior year after leading the Wolverines in ppg (18.6), rpg (8.6), field goal percentage (56.3), bpg (1.5), and was second in mpg (32.3). Terrance Williams II returns as well and was among the top eight in minutes and ppg last season for the Wolverines. The junior forward is the best returning three-point shooter for the program (53.3% over his final seven games) and is likely to be leaned on for more minutes and production this season. Joey Baker will join Michigan this season as a transfer from Duke and is likely to earn a starting role or probably sixth man role after four seasons with the Blue Devils. Kobe Bufkin returns as well after sporadic playing time as a freshman last season. He will likely be relied upon in the guard role but needs to take a big leap on the defensive end while improving his three-point shooting (22.2%). However, Jaelin Llewellyn joins the program from Princeton as a grad transfer and is expected to take over the lead point guard role for the program.