Kelvin Grady's Departure Creates Hole for Michigan

Chris ScheiCorrespondent IApril 3, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS - MARCH 12:  Kelvin Grady #44 of the Michigan Wolveriens looks to move the ball gainst the Iowa Hawkeyes during the first round of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 12, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Kelvin Grady has decided to leave the Michigan men's basketball program. While he had glowing remarks for the university, players, and coaching staff, there had been reports that he wasn't happy with his decrease in playing time as the season went on.

While C.J. Lee and David Merritt both graduate, Grady thought (and probably correctly) that with the arrival of much balley-hooed point guard Darius Morris and shooting guard Matt Vogrich, his playing time may never increase during his career.

Those two players, however, are will be just freshman next season. And you never know what kind of impact they will make.

If Darius Morris isn't ready to play the point guard position full-time, that opens a hole in the Michigan lineup. By they way, it opens up a very important hole.

Should Morris need time to develop, a realistic assumption, the only other option would probably be Stuart Douglass. But playing him at point guard may take some of his offensive abilities as a shooter.

The story on Matt Vogrich is that he is a deadly sharp-shooter, with some comparing him to former Duke star J.J. Redick. According to reports, he is a serviceable defender, but his driving ability and ball-handling skills are only average.

Many Michigan fans had their doubts about Kelvin Grady this season, but a speedy player with the ball-handling and passing skills of Grady are going to be difficult to replace.

With a little luck, Darius Morris or Stuart Douglass (or both) will be able to man the point guard position next season. This news certainly comes as a blow after such a successful season in Ann Arbor.

As a Michigan fan, Kelvin Grady's professionalism on and off the court were appreciated, and I hope that he finds what he is looking for at the college he chooses to attend next.

 

And hopefully his brother stays with the Michigan football program.

Chris Schei can be reached at packhawk04@hotmail.com, and recently published "A Magical Season for the Maize and Blue", a book recalling the 2008-2009 Michigan Wolverines basketball team available at lulu.com.