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Position-by-position Michigan roster breakdown

By EVERETT COOK
Daily Sports Editor
The Michigan men's basketball
team has one of its most talented
squads in recent memory, which
means there are roster options
aplenty.
Here's a breakdown of this sea-
son's roster:
Point Guard: After sophomore
Trey Burke was suspended for
the first exhibition of the sea-
son against Northern Michigan,
freshman Spike Albrecht was
thrust into a starting role that
no one expected him to occupy.
Albrecht impressed, scoring 16
points with six assists in his col-
legiate debut against the Wildcats.
After the game, Michigan
coach John Beilein joked that
even though Albrecht played well,
there would be no point guard
controversy. That's what happens
when the starter is a preseason
All-American.
Still, having Albrecht on the
roster will be crucial for the
team's depth, especially during
Big Ten play. Burke averaged just
over 36 minutes a game last year,
partially because the Wolverines
didn't have another true point
guard they could rely on. Burke
had to play.
It's a little different this sea-
son now that there is a legitimate
backup option in Ann Arbor. Burke
will get his minutes, but there will
undoubtedly be games in January
and February when Burke will
need a couple minutes to get off
the court and rest. Albrecht - a
solid ball-handler coming off the
bench - might play fewer than 10
minutes a game, but an important
10 minutes nonetheless.
Guard/Forward: The shooting
guard might be the only start-
ing position that could change
between now and Big Ten season.
After two exhibitions and two
regular season games, the starter
has been senior Matt Vogrich. His
role offensively isn't that com-
plicated - he's the shooter in the
corner with no slashing responsi-
bilities.
But so far, Vogrich hasn't been
shooting at the level of someone

things could get interesting,
because this is arguably the best
big-man talent that Beilein has
ever had. While the combinations
of bigs could change depending on
what offensive mood he is in, the
starting forwards will almost cer-
tainly be Glenn Robinson III and
Jordan Morgan.
The lone freshman starter is
Robinson, who is a combination
of a guard and forward in Beilein's
four-guard offense. He is a 6-foot-
6 offensive weapon who can shoot
as well as he can drive, and a
leaper who has already been at the
receiving end of several alley-oops
from Burke and Hardaway.
The big man on the court is
Morgan, the 6-foot-8 redshirt
junior who will be counted for all
things interior - scoring, defense
and rebounding.
Behind the two starters are
where the combinations become
intriguing. Freshman Mitch
McGary has been coming off the
bench to replace Morgan about
five minutes into every game. The
freshman is 6-foot-10 and has a
ton of talent, albeit raw talent. The
coaching staff will help him devel-
op until he sees more and more of
the floor.
McGary is naturally more of a
center, but he can also play for-
ward..If Beilein wants to turn his
team from small to big very quick-
ly, he inserts McGary into the
forward role alongside Morgan,
which he has at times already this
season. Having a 6-foot-10 power
forward is an interesting lineup
maneuver that Beilein could look
into against certain, bigger teams
down the road. The other variable
among the bigs is Jon Horford, the
talented redshirt sophomore who
is coming off an injury-shortened
2011-12 season because of a stress
fracture in his foot. Horford and
McGary could play together, or
Horford and Morgan could play
together, to create another two-
big lineup.
Point is, this roster could go big
or smal depending on the oppos-
ing team and Beilein's mood,
which should be exciting for any-
body looking for points this sea-
son at the Crisler Center.

Freshman guard Nik Stauskas has been red-hot from deep in the first few games in a Michigan basketball uniform.

whose only job is to shoot. He's
4-for-16 from deep if you count the
two exhibition games, and while
he is a hustler and plays solid
defense, his role is to shoot.
The guy behind him right now
is freshman Nik Stauskas, who
might be billed as one of the most
prolific shooters in Michigan his-
tory by the time his career is over.
Through two games, he's shoot-
ing 70-percent from deep, and
while that number will certainly

decrease, it's fair to say the Cana-
dian will lead the team in 3-point
percentage.
Vogrich has more experience
and is a better defender than
Stauskas at this point, but by the
time Big Ten play rolls around,
don't be surprised if it's the fresh-
man instead of the senior in the
starting lineup.
The small forward will be Tim
Hardaway Jr., who has looked
like the Wolverines' most com-

plete player in this young season.
Whatever Hardaway did in the
off-season is paying off so far, as.
the junior has already looked bet-
ter on defense, in rebounding and
in distributing the ball than he
did last year. On a team with more
offensive weapons all over the
roster, Hardaway isn't going to be
relied upon as much for scoring,
and a more complete Hardaway is
a good thing for Michigan.
Forward/Center:-Here's where

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