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Is Jon Horford the future at center for Michigan?
Update: Kevon Looney has released a list of his top six schools, which does not include Michigan.
It is difficult to determine how many big men the Michigan Wolverines will actually play in the coming years, so power forward and center are essentially one big position when it comes to recruiting.
Michigan utilized a three-guard lineup with a small forward at the 4 and one big man last season. Two bigs are likely going to start for the Maize and Blue in 2013-14.
Mitch McGary and Jordan Morgan are the top two candidates to be in the starting five. Problem is, Morgan only has one season left and McGary could be in the NBA by this time next year. Redshirt junior Jon Horford has improved, but he may not be good enough hold down the 5 on his own.
Incoming frosh Mark Donnal could complement Horford nicely down the road. Donnal does not have much of a post game, but he is an excellent shooter.
Same goes for Ricky Doyle, who is one of two class of 2014 commitments. Doyle still has to learn how to play in the paint, but he can clean up missed shots and throw down some monster dunks when the opportunities present themselves.
The outlook for bigs on the recruiting trail is significantly better than it was a month ago. Signing Kevon Looney seems more realistic than ever. The 5-star power forward is a great shooter who can play in the paint and on the perimeter.
In mid-July, Jerry Meyer of 247Sports tweeted that Looney's recruitment will come down to Michigan and Duke.
Looney would be a perfect replacement for McGary. He would also be a great fit alongside Horford in 2014-15.
Jaylen Johnson out of Ypsilanti High School is an option if the Wolverines want a big and miss on Looney.
Things are looking even better for the 2015 group of recruits. Michigan is in the hunt for 5-star bigs Stephen Zimmerman and Diamond Stone. Both are top-10 prospects, which means the competition for them will be fierce.
Losing McGary come season's end would hurt, but the Wolverines could land a stud in the coming months.