The choice by Isaiah Livers to return to school for his senior season was a surprise to many last offseason. It was certainly welcomed by all, though. The 6-foot-7 forward out of Kalamazoo went on to lead the Wolverines to a regular season Big Ten Championship and was eventually named to the second-team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media.
U-M's recruiting class is off to a hot start, with 4 of its 7 commits currently residing as 4-star prospects or better.
When Brandon Johns Jr. came to Ann Arbor, he was one of the most sought-after players in Michigan and a Top-70 recruit in the Class of 2018. Under John Beilein, Johns played more than 10 minutes in four games and was seen as a promising prospect that could crack the starting lineup and be a big piece moving forward. Then Juwan Howard took over and he was asked to change his game a little.