At umhoops.com, Dylan discusses Coach Beilein's signing strategy and provides an early take on the 2010-11 starting five.
Michigan has now signed four players for the class of 2010: Evan Smotrycz, Tim Hardaway Jr., Jon Horford, and Colton Christian. Jordan Morgan and Blake McLimans [will] be freshmen this year after redshirting which brings the count of new players to six.
...On paper there is now only 1 scholarship remaining in the class of 2011 which means that Michigan could technically bring in only one more player alongside Carlton Brundidge. At this point I expect Michigan to continue recruiting with the intention that they will add two more to the class of 2011.
...In a perfect world you would use roughly 3 of your 13 scholarships every year. The fact that this plan overlooks, [a fact] Beilein knows very well, is that there will be attrition in a recruiting class.
Dylan's early 2010-11 starting lineup prediction:
We constantly harped on the lack of size on last year’s roster and questioned whether Beilein would adjust his style of play to compensate. I don’t think Beilein ever planned on playing small ball but his hand was forced. His West Virginia teams were full of 6-foot-5 to 6-foot-8 swing men who could play inside and out. With the average height of Michigan’s six added players coming out at 6-foot-8, it’s clear that next year’s team will at least be longer and taller.
- One: Darius Morris
- Two: Stu Douglass
- Three: Zack Novak
- Four: Evan Smotrycz
- Five: Blake McLimans
I think you would see some versatility though. Evan Smotrycz and Zack Novak both have the ability to slide up or down a position. This should give Michigan the flexibility to play small, maybe with Novak and Smotrycz at the four and five, or play big, with Novak, Smotrycz, and Christian at the two, three, and four respectively.
Playing big seems like such a novel concept for Michigan after the experience of the last several seasons. Not surprisingly, as we enter the Beilein era's fourth season, Michigan men's basketball roster is now prototypically Beilein in its makeup.