Trey Burke, Nik Stauskas and Moe Wagner were three of the names that recently made 247Sports’ Michigan Wolverines men’s basketball All-Decade Team.
The list was released on Christmas and broke down the top Wolverine basketball performers for the past decade position by position.
The starting five included the three aforementioned players, as well as Tim Hardaway Jr. and Ignas Brazdeikis. Below is what the website said about each of the five:
Trey Burke, arguably the best Michigan basketball player of the last 50 years and a Naismith Player of the Year award winner, is a no-brainer on the first team. Odds are, this list and this decade of Michigan basketball doesn’t look nearly as impressive without Burke’s sophomore season.
He didn’t lead Michigan to the title game and didn’t win National Player of the Year, but carried the Wolverines to the Elite Eight and won Big Ten Player of the Year as he shattered his just-a-shooter label in a surprising sophomore season.
Hardaway scored 1,532 points in three seasons and joined Stauskas and Burke as Michigan’s only first-team All-Big Ten players this decade on top of all the wins and vaulting Michigan to a top-tier program.
Our selections at power forward are likely where many begin crafting their dissenting remarks, and there are five players who deserve serious consideration. We went with Brazdeikis — who won Big Ten Freshman of the Year, averaged 14.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game and scored the second-most points in Michigan freshman history behind only Jalen Rose — as the first-team player despite him being Michigan’s only one-and-done draft pick of the decade.
Wagner is an easy choice for Michigan’s first-team center, as he was the Wolverines’ most star-studded center since Chris Webber, a first-round pick and a hero on the winningest team in Michigan’s history. Other than possibly a faster track to production, it’s hard to tell what more could have been asked of Wagner.
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Three-star Almosse Titi said Wolverines coaches recently began following him on Twitter, but have yet to reach out to him.
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