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What Livers NBA Draft excursion means for the Wolverines

The Michigan Wolverines could be without their star player next season.

NCAA Basketball: Wisconsin at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Wolverines’ junior forward Isaiah Livers announced Monday he will be testing the waters of the NBA by declaring for the NBA Draft.

Now, to be clear, Livers is not necessarily done with the Michigan basketball program. He will get a couple opinions from scouts and determine whether or not to continue his career at Michigan.

In an interview with Ed Kengerski, he mentioned the idea of returning to Ann Arbor would not be something he would be upset about:

A lack of Livers could be a blessing in disguise for the Wolverines. While they would lose arguably their most talented player, it would open up a much-needed spot in the scholarship department for Juwan Howard and his staff. This clears the mud a bit as to why Howard was in pursuit of a few transfer players as well.

Surely having Livers back for another season would be the best-case scenario, but remember Michigan played a large portion of the season without him.

There are rumblings Franz Wagner could also test the NBA waters, but in my opinion he has plenty more to work on than Livers when it comes to translating to the next level.

Right now, the Wolverines still have 14 players on their roster for next season with only 13 scholarship slots. This comes before the commitment of Josh Christopher or Greg Brown, who each have Michigan on their final lists. So this situation could get even stickier, but there is still a potential for Howard to have a very strong roster next season.

With a lot up in the air and Howard entering his first real offseason trying to formulate a roster, let’s hope things go smoothly and he can figure out how to put the best team on the court next year for the maize and blue.

Spring athletes granted another year of eligibility

The NCAA made a decision that will make a lot of their naysayers happy by granting spring athletes, most of whom had not even entered conference play in their respective sports, another year of eligibility.

Michigan offers 2022 4-star WR Darrius Clemons

2022 four-star wide receiver Darrius Clemons seemed pretty juiced when he received an offer from the Wolverines on Monday:

The 6-foot-3 wideout is from Portland, Oregon and is the No. 18 recievier and a top 150 player, according to 247Sports composite rankings. He also holds offers from Michigan State, Oregon, Arizona State and Oregon State.

Trey Burke’s shot voted better than Jordan Poole’s in epic Twitter battle:

NCAA March Madness on Twitter has been running a tournament to determine the best moment in NCAA Tournament history.

Unfortunately Trey Burke and Jordan Poole’s respective shots met up with each other in the Elite 8 and Burke’s “Tray” against Kansas was voted better than Poole’s buzzer-beater over the Houston Cougars.

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