Nearly two months of the offseason have come and gone, which means the Michigan basketball team is getting closer to returning to action. With the nation's No. 12 recruiting class coming to Ann Arbor, the Wolverines should be able to contend for a Big Ten Conference title yet again.
Head coach John Beilein is already scheming about how to utilize the four incoming freshmen. Fans are getting excited about the potential for a couple of the newcomers who have a chance to make an immediate impact.
Zak Irvin and Derrick Walton should contend for Freshman All-Big Ten honors, while Mark Donnal and Andrew Dakich will be battling for playing time. There are some high hopes for this class, so bold predictions are only natural.
These five predictions all seem realistic, but will be very difficult for each of the freshmen to validate. Hey, they are called bold predictions for a reason.