Michigan Basketball: Breaking Down Wolverines Guards for 2014-15 Season

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Michigan Basketball: Breaking Down Wolverines Guards for 2014-15 Season
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Derrick Walton is evolving into one of the Big Ten's top guards.

Great guard play goes a long way. Just ask UConn's Jim Calhoun and Kevin Ollie, or even Michigan State's Tom Izzo, and they'd all say the same thing.

Title outcomes are often left in the hands of the backcourt. 

Of course, Michigan's John Beilein is probably aware of that too. Due to a wonderfully talented and developing corps of guards, his Wolverines are considered to be a shining example of Big Ten hoops—not to mention the fact that they're backcourts have been among the NCAA's most consistent over the past few years. 

Getting to the national championship with a developing team, only to return to the Elite Eight with a "down" version of his squad speaks volumes to Beilein's leadership and ability to motivate. With Derrick Walton and Caris LeVert headlining the show, Michigan certainly boasts something to talk about. 

With that being said, this slideshow will analyze Beilein's backcourt from top to the bottom. To avoid confusion and the debate over whether a player is a guard, small forward or a wing...MGoBlue.com's roster will serve as the final say. If MGo says LeVert's a guard, he's a guard. 

And since Kameron Chatman's listed as a F/G, he'll get a slight mention. 

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