In case you haven’t noticed, the Michigan Wolverines are getting pretty good at replacing their starting point guards under John Beilein.
When Darius Morris arrived in Ann Arbor, expectations were tempered and reasonable. As the No. 100 recruit in the 2009 ESPN 100, Morris outkicked his coverage and bolted early for the NBA draft after two seasons at Michigan.
Enter Trey Burke. It’s easy to believe now that he’s a National Player of the Year winner and NBA lottery pick, but the truth is that Burke came to the Wolverines with muted fanfare and zero illusions of grandeur. He was the No. 84 recruit in the 2011 ESPN 100. If he was a potential lottery pick pre-Michigan, then someone should have told the rest of the Big Ten and everyone else who watched him in high school.
Heck, even when Michigan has had to play its backup point guard, good things have happened. If you recall the first half of the NCAA championship when Burke picked up a pair of early fouls, Spike Albrecht briefly became the shooting star of the title game. Keep in mind, Albrecht was a Division II recruit as a high school senior.
In 2013-14, the quasi-revolving door at the point for Michigan is likely to be manned by incoming freshman Derrick Walton. The question everyone wants to know, given the pressure of replacing a Wooden Award winner on a team with repeat Final Four aspirations, is whether Walton is ready to come in and immediately be Michigan’s next great starting point guard.