The Michigan Wolverines are looking to set their complete roster now that Jordan Poole, Charles Matthews and Ignas Brazdeikis are headed to the NBA Draft. Assuming all three stay true to their plans, the Wolverines will have two roster spots to fill in their place. But who could fit into these two spots?
Justin Pierce, SG:
Pierce could potentially be an ideal fit. The graduate senior from William & Mary plays a key position of need if Poole truly does take his talents to the next level. Maize n Brew had an early article highlighting his upcoming visit. John Beilein has officially contacted and invited to Ann Arbor.
According to 247Sports, Pierce cut his list to just three: North Carolina, Notre Dame and Michigan. He visited Notre Dame last weekend and will visit North Carolina later this month.
Pierce could potentially crack the starting lineup if he came to Ann Arbor.
Eric Williams Jr., SG:
Rumor is circulating Michigan has also reached out to Williams Jr., a transfer sophomore from Duquesne.
Williams Jr. was the leading scorer and rebounder for Duquesne last season, averaging 14 and 7.6 respectively. He shot 37.1 percent from deep and 42.4 percent overall. He also showed the ability to completely take over a game by scoring 40 points on 15-of-20 shooting against St. Louis, an NCAA Tournament team.
While Michigan would have to go through the pain of missing out on Williams Jr. for a year, the following two seasons of leadership and talent from this kid could be something special. He is also a New Haven resident, which could entice him to come to Ann Arbor.
Sam and Joey Hauser
These two brothers may have the most intriguing story line on the transfer market. On Monday, both announced they are transferring from Marquette. However, once Naismith Award Semifinalist Markus Howard expressed his intentions to remain in Milwaukee, the Hauser bros decided to look elsewhere. Likely, they will be a package deal.
Sam is a junior forward who stands at 6-foot-8 with a heck of a 3-point shot. He shot 44.5 percent from behind the arc in three seasons at Marquette. This led to him averaging 14.1 points per game as a sophomore and 14.9 as a junior.
Meanwhile, Joey is a redshirt freshman who is a very similar player. He stands just taller than his brother at 6-foot-9, and he shot 42.5 percent from the three last season. He averaged 9.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest in his first full collegiate season.
Both of their size, length and shooting ability would be an optimal fit at U-M. These two will be highly coveted across the country and have already garnered interest from Wisconsin, Virginia and Michigan State. We will see if the Wolverines also throw their hat in the ring with two scholarships available.