Breaking Down Michigan Basketball's Offseason Thus Far

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Breaking Down Michigan Basketball's Offseason Thus Far
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After a crazily successful 2012-2013 season, the Wolverines have some work to do this offseason.

After a dream season in which the Wolverines made the NCAA championship game, things seemed to be ready to collapse. It looked like they were going to lose four of their starting five, and a team with so much promise would drop down to the middle of the pack.

But luckily for the Michigan faithful, Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III decided to stay in Ann Arbor. A team on the verge of a rebuild all of a sudden had life again. And the offseason didn't seem quite as daunting.

So where are the Wolverines now? Losing leaders Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. to the draft means this team has an entirely different feel. Let's see how the team is doing since that title game.

The buzz around campus has to centered on the two big freshman recruits, Zak Irvin and Derrick Walton.

Irvin is an athletic, deadeye shooter who's 6'6" and growing. His strength is his wing scoring, but he's a little on the lighter side at only 185 pounds. He was also the 2013 Gatorade Player of the Year in Indiana, where he put up 24.6 points and 9.0 rebounds per game last year.

Walton, meanwhile, is a little like Trey Burke. Both are complete point guards who can find teammates as well as score. Both are a bit undersized (Walton is 6'0", 165 pounds) and both aren't crazy athletes. He was Michigan's 2013 Gatorade Player of the Year, and averaged 5.4 steals per game as a senior.

They're inexperienced and both of them need to add some muscle, but these two look like good fits for the Burke/Hardaway spots. Now neither is yet the player they seem to be coming to replace, but both were top-40 recruits, according to Rivals. The potential is there.

Walton has been looking good so far. Head Coach John Beilein has spoken highly of Walton's ability to absorb information this summer, and he seems to be on the right track.

Irvin seems destined to be a sixth man this year, as his position is a little crowded.

The guys ahead of Irvin—Caris LeVert and Robinson III—have had big offseasons so far and both look poised to have even bigger seasons.

According to McGary's tweet, Robinson recently reached 44 inches on his vertical which would have been best at the 2013 NBA combine. He also touched 12'3" at a max jump according to Robinson's Instagram. That's just unfair. 

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