With how decorated the 2021 recruiting class for Michigan is, it’s easy to forget about some of the guys who can still make an impact despite not being as highly ranked.
Will Tschetter (pronounced ‘Cheddar’) is one of those guys, as the Stewartville, Minnesota, native is a three-star recruit ranked outside the top 100 and as the 24th-best power forward.
Waking up before the sun comes up every morning to work on his family farm, Tschetter comes from an accomplished athletic family. His mom is the all-time leading scorer at North Dakota State, who holds more than a dozen school records, and his dad also played football at the school.
Before his Michigan commitment, Tschetter was also heavily recruited as a D-1 tight end, and said on the Defend The Block podcast his time playing football taught him how to succeed when the stakes are high.
With Tschetter likely being buried behind big men like Hunter Dickinson, Brandon Johns, Moussa Diabate and Caleb Houstan on the depth chart, he may not get many chances to be in those high-pressure situations right away. But Michigan fans might be pleasantly surprised when he does hit the floor.
The power forward reminds me of Kevin Love in the mid-2010s, as he plays the role of a stretch four who can be dominate in the post while also knocking down a few threes per game. He’s a confident shooter, and even though he has a fairly low release point on his jumper, he knows how to create space for his own shot.
Tschetter could be a great pick-and-pop guy for the Wolverines, providing a safety valve for the Michigan offense if action going toward the basket isn’t open.
The Minnesota native can also make defenders pay in the post, utilizing his size to rise up with mid-range jumpers. He artfully uses his pivot foot to beat defenders with an up-and-under or a quick hook shot.
He’s a versatile player who can blend into any offense thanks to his ability to play all over the floor. He is the ideal big man for John Beilein’s old three-point heavy offense who, under Juwan Howard, can play alongside guys like Diabate and Houstan.
Tschetter still has room to improve, as he still needs to increase his agility and get a little stronger to compete with fours and fives in the Big Ten. But he can improve upon those skills once he starts working in a college weight room.
He might not play right away and could be a candidate to be redshirted this upcoming season, but Michigan fans know they are getting a hardworking kid in Tschetter who can be a multi-level scorer and a secret weapon on offense for the Wolverines.