David DeJulius and his intentions to transfer from the Michigan Wolverines became public on Monday, casting some interesting questions about the future at the point guard position in Ann Arbor. We have covered Michigan’s side of things and what comes next, but now we turn our focus to DeJulius’ future.
According to Jeff Borzello of ESPN, four schools have already reached out to the soon-to-be junior guard about his services. They include the Maryland Terrapins, Marquette Golden Eagles, Cincinnati Bearcats and Missouri Tigers. Regardless of where he decides to go, he will have to sit out a year with two years of eligibility remaining unless some sort of waiver is obtained.
Maryland stands out given their status as a recent power of sorts in the Big Ten Conference and being a team that Michigan would see potentially multiple times in a season depending on scheduling. Former John Beilein assistant DeAndre Hayes, who worked with the guard when he was at Michigan, is on Mark Turgeon’s staff in College Park, so there certainly is a connection there.
The transfer market feels as flooded as it ever has with guard talent, so it will be interesting to see how it all plays out with Juwan Howard and the Wolverines presumably active there, as well. Potential fits at Michigan include Bryce Aiken of Harvard and Columbia’s Mike Smith.
As of now, Michigan is at its limit of 13 scholarship players for the 2020-21 basketball season with DeJulius’ decision to transfer. They are awaiting word on five-star 2020 guard Josh Christopher, as well as any further attrition — either in the form of a transfer or Isaiah Livers (and potentially Franz Wagner) declaring and staying in the 2020 NBA Draft.