Michigan Wolverines: Mason Plumlee

Telep's Top 10: Wooden replacements 

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Recruiting is a tricky deal to figure out sometimes.

There’s Duke, which knew it had to replace seniors Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly with a stud frontcourt player in this recruiting class. But conversely, did the thought of potentially having to replace sophomore Shane Larkin even enter Jim Larranaga’s mind at the beginning of the season? I know Larkin is not likely going anywhere, but still, the point is that it can be hard to know exactly what you’re going to need to replace in recruiting.

To that point, Tom Crean knew Victor Oladipo was good, but no one saw this type of year coming from the now projected lottery pick.

Once the afterglow of this season wears off, many Wooden Award finalists will need replacing -- and that’s not an easy task. So while not every player on this list will turn pro, the point of this top 10 is to rate how well each team prepared for the contingency going forward in recruiting.

Top 10 Recruiting Replacements for Wooden Award Finalists

Michigan guard Trey Burke is second in the College Basketball Player of the Year poll, comprised of actual voters, done by ESPN.com and WolverineNation's Michael Rothstein.

Burke received 13 first place votes of the 63 ballots received and finished with 99 points, second to Duke's Mason Plumlee. Here's a link to the full poll, which includes a video interview with Burke.

Also, Michigan is getting a lot of attention as a Final Four candidate -- not surprising since the Wolverines are No. 2 in the nation. Here is where our Insiders see the Wolverines.

Backcourt puts in work at LeBron camp 

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Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey BurkePaul Biancardi/ESPN.comTim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke are working on involving their teammates more in the offense at the LeBron James Skills Academy.
Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke were two of just 25 college players invited to the LeBron James Skills Academy in Las Vegas over the weekend. The duo got to face some of the nation's top talent, including Penn State's Tim Frazier and Duke's Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly.

With the event open to NBA scouts, Burke had the opportunity to show off his game to the professionals after having flirted with leaving Michigan. But with only a few months to prepare for his sophomore season, Burke has his sights set on making the Wolverines better.

"My focus is to bring more to the team than just scoring," Burke said. "I am trying to get everyone involved and making others around me better. Having the feel of scoring and running the point is one of the biggest things that I must learn. I am working on that in every session here at camp."

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Michigan in Maui: Duke preview 

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Michigan would never say it publicly, but this has to be what it wanted when it first saw the Maui Invitational bracket earlier this year.

Duke. In the semifinals.

Michigan came inches away from forcing the Blue Devils to overtime on a Darius Morris runner at the buzzer during the Round of 32 in the NCAA tournament last season and lost, 73-71. Only Morris and walk-on Jordan Dumars departed from that Michigan team, part of the reason why the Wolverines are both highly ranked and this matchup is highly anticipated.

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