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Jordan Morgan simply needs to be an effective defender for the Wolverines.
Goal: Return to form defensively
The only thing fifth-year senior Jordan Morgan needs to focus on, aside from being a leader in the locker room, is his effort at the defensive end of the floor. Prior to injuring his ankle on Jan. 27, Morgan was a key cog in the Michigan Wolverines' starting rotation.
"I don’t think we’ll ever be able to really put a number on what that cost him, that injury," head coach John Beilein told Dylan Burkhardt of UMHoops. "That sprain was nagging and threw off his timing, it threw off his confidence. It will really be big for him to come back the way he had played at several times over his career here. There were times he was the best big man on the court – on either team."
The Detroit native may not have been a big-time scorer (4.6 points per game), but he was effective setting high ball screens and as a defender. Morgan is a bit undersized at 6'8", though he makes up for it by establishing good position inside and forcing opponents to shoot over him.
For those who want to discount what Morgan gives the Wolverines, just remember he started in 53 straight games. There are not a whole lot of players in college basketball who can say that.
If Morgan can be the same player he was before his demotion last season, it will give the Wolverines one of the best frontcourts in the Big Ten Conference. Beilein believes the gritty veteran can do just that.
"There’s a really positive development with his shooting, his attitude, everything," Beilein said. "He’s healthy. His legs are healthy."