The Michigan Wolverines men’s basketball roster is still taking shape for the 2021-22 season, but the program handed out a number of updates on Thursday afternoon during a busier-than-usual period of decision making.
A U-M spokesman revealed the status of each of Michigan’s nine seniors from this year’s team, all of whom have the option to return for an extra year of eligibility gifted by the NCAA. We know that Eli Brooks is back for next season, but below is where things stand with everyone else.
Isaiah Livers, forward
Livers will not use the extra year of eligibility from the NCAA and is instead focused on his foot surgery rehab, which is projected to sideline him for six months. He has enlisted the help of the Mark Bartelstein group to evaluate his professional options.
Eli Brooks, guard
Brooks will return to Michigan next season and is on track to graduate in May. He will be working towards his master’s degree next year and is currently researching programs.
Austin Davis, center
Davis’ time at Michigan is over and he will also graduate in May. He is evaluating a potential pro career overseas. If that does not work out, he could potentially rejoin the basketball program in a part-time role or work with strength and conditioning coach Jon Sanderson.
Mike Smith, guard
Smith will not use the extra year from the NCAA and has entered the NBA Draft process. He is still in the process of finding an agent.
Chaundee Brown, Jr., guard
Like his transfer-mate in Smith, Brown’s time at Michigan is over and he has entered the NBA Draft process.
C.J. Baird, Luke Wilson, Jaaron Faulds and Rico Ozuna-Harrison are not expected to use the extra season from the NCAA. All will graduate by the end of the summer with the exception of Ozuna-Harrison, who is going to work on prerequisites for potentially attending medical school.
Franz Wagner, Hunter Dickinson’s decisions
U-M had no updates to provide on Wagner and Dickinson’s potential decisions to declare for the NBA Draft. We will know what is going on around the same time that they do.