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Caris LeVert is going to be Michigan's top defender to coming off of the bench in 2013-14.
Players Filling This Role: Zak Irvin (Fr.), Caris LeVert (So.), Jon Horford (Jr.), Max Bielfeldt (So.) and Mark Donnal (Fr.)
Although head coach John Beilein utilized a very short rotation during the 2012-13 season, an abundance of talent on the bench should lead to more minutes for the Michigan Wolverines reserves this year. Only one upperclassman will start the game on the sideline, but there is no shortage of experience among the group.
Rising sophomore shooting guard Caris LeVert played 10.7 minutes per game last season, though, he saw extended action in some of Michigan's biggest games. LeVert is a defensive specialist and gave the Wolverines 21-plus minutes of quality basketball in wins over the Michigan State Spartans and Syracuse Orange.
With Tim Hardaway Jr. heading for the NBA, LeVert should see an increase in playing time during the 2013-14 campaign. Most of LeVert's minutes will be at the 2, but he could play small forward if called upon.
Returning big men Jon Horford and Max Bielfeldt will earn more playing time as well. As long as Horford stays healthy, he will bring a much needed veteran presence to Michigan's rotation. Mitch McGary and Jordan Morgan are going to eat up plenty of minutes, though, Horford will get his fair share.
Meanwhile, Bielfeldt could steal some playing time from Morgan and Horford if he turns in an impressive summer.
As for the incoming freshmen, Zak Irvin and Mark Donnal will be at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of minutes played. Irvin has the scoring abilities to crack the starting lineup, or at worst be one of the top options off of the bench for Beilein.
On the other hand, Donnal may find himself redshirting due to the number of big men able to play quality minutes. Even if Donnal's three-point shooting forces the staff to burn his redshirt, it is unlikely the 4-star prospect will have much of an impact in his first year.