The Michigan Wolverines suddenly have plenty of room to add another piece or two to the roster for next season after the last month of attrition and departures from the program. Head coach Juwan Howard has been working the portal hard this offseason, landing a pair of players in Columbia’s Mike Smith and Purdue’s Nojel Eastern since the offseason began.
The biggest need right now is depth on the wing, namely at the two-guard spot. With that in mind, here is a look at the players still floating out there on the market with one available scholarship for 2020-21 remaining.
Jalen Coleman-Lands, SG, DePaul
Coleman-Lands has a sixth season of eligibility coming and will look to use it as a graduate transfer. He averaged 11.1 points per game last season for the Demon Deacons. Michigan is a finalist for his services with a decision pending.
Eligible for 2021-22 (pending immediate eligibility waiver)
Chaundee Brown, SG (Sr.), Wake Forest
The 6-foot-5, 220 pound shooting guard averaged 12.1 points and 6.5 rebounds last season for Wake Forest, where he was a three-year starter. He would need to sit out a year without a waiver to play immediately and recently named Michigan as one of the top remaining schools for his services.
Mac McClung, G (Jr.), Georgetown
McClung surprised everyone recently when he withdrew his name from the 2020 NBA Draft process and instead entered the transfer portal, immediately becoming the top player on the market. McClung averaged just under 16 points per game last season and is said to be looking for a place he can call “home” for his final remaining years of eligibility.
Elijah Weaver, SG (So.), USC
Weaver averaged 6.6 points and 2.3 rebounds per game last season and was the No. 45 player in the country in the class of 2018. He has 19 career games started under his belt from his time at USC.
Jamal Bieniemy, SG (So.), Oklahoma
Bienemy has started 47 games in his college career and was a bit of a stat-sheet stuffer last season for the Sooners, averaging 5.2 points, 4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Alonzo Gaffney, F (Fr.), Ohio State
Gaffney was a top-50 prospect that was unable to crack the rotation at Ohio State this past season as a true freshman, averaging just 1.8 points in 17 games. He has three seasons of eligibility remaining, but did elect to declare for the 2020 NBA Draft. We’ll...wait and see if that happens for him or not.
Jalen Carey, PG (So.) Syracuse
Carey is another former top-50 talent on this list, but has never been much more than a bit player at Syracuse. It did not help that he only played a pair of games this past season due to a thumb issue.
Michigan has 11 scholarship spots filled for the 2020-21 campaign and the fluid situation is always being kept track of over on our board here. Given that they could have as many as seven spots open for the 2021-22 season, it would make sense to potentially pursue players with multiple seasons of eligibility remaining. We will have to wait and see what happens, but for now there are still a decent amount of options on the table.