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Adrien Nunez returning to Michigan: Roster crunch gets even tighter for 2020-21

The Wolverines still have questions looming about how this will all fit.

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The Michigan Wolverines seem headed towards attrition one way or another this offseason with a loaded (and potentially still growing) 2020 recruiting class set to hit Ann Arbor next year. Sophomore guard Adrien Nunez had been a popular name to potentially move on considering how his role diminished as the season went on, but both The Athletic’s Brendan Quinn and The Michigan Insider’s Josh Henschke reported on Thursday night that Nunez will be back with the Wolverines in 2020-21.

Nunez began the season in the starting lineup for the Wolverines while Franz Wagner was coming back from a fractured wrist in the preseason, but only scored nine points in 20 conference games and played only 22 total minutes in the last 11 games of the season.

Michigan is currently one over the scholarship limit for next season without adding another recruit to the roster. Given that the courtships of both five-star prospects in guard Josh Christopher and forward Greg Brown are ongoing, it remains to be seen how they will make things work here.

Head coach Juwan Howard said in a Thursday conference call that both Isaiah Livers and Franz Wagner are currently weighing their NBA Draft options, so a move from either or both of them is possible. There could also be a transfer from the roster or a decommitment from one of the guys currently pledged, as four-star guard Zeb Jackson is the only player officially signed.

Other commits include five-star Isaiah Todd, four-star center Hunter Dickinson, four-star forward Terrance William and three-star forward Jace Howard, the son of Juwan Howard.

Here’s a look at the scholarship chart and where things still stand as of now.