Michigan Basketball: Ranking U-M's Most Important Role Players in 2014-15

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Michigan Basketball: Ranking U-M's Most Important Role Players in 2014-15
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Heading into the 2014-15 season, we know by now that the Michigan basketball program will be led by its core of Caris LeVert, Zak Irvin and Derrick Walton Jr.; but they cant carry the team alone and that's where the importance of role players comes in.


The Wolverines lost a lot of manpower from last season and will now have to make up for the loss of Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III, Mitch McGary, Jordan Morgan and Jon Horford. With head coach John Beilein introducing six true freshmen and one redshirt freshman, several players will have to step up if Michigan wants to keep its successful string of NCAA tournament runs intact.


That said, here are the five most important role players (excluding LeVert, Irvin and Walton Jr.)—and ranked in order of importance—that must emerge for Michigan to have a successful 2014-15 season

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