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The 6-foot-7 forward is poised to become a breakout star for the Wolverines this season. If he can tune up the rough edges of his game a bit and slow things down for himself mentally, there’s a lot of potential here. Factoring in his combination of passing, handling and an inconsistent but dangerous three-point shot, and with a bit of polish he may be able to develop the requisite versatility to play in an NBA rotation. Having arms shorter than your height often poses a problem because you forced to guard players of your height with much longer arms and to get your shot off over them. He bounced up when he got knocked down. “It was a real physical game,” Brazdeikis said after tallying 16 points and 11 rebounds in Michigan’s 68-55 win over Penn State. “But that’s the kind of game I love to play. Matt Slocum, AP Fullscreen Michigan’s Zavier Simpson controls the ball against the Villanova defense.
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Freshman Ignas Brazdeikis was a top-40 prospect before committing to Michigan and is now learning how to play multiple positions for the Wolverines this season.That’s more a product of Matthews ’ ability as a scorer and anchor for a defense that ranked third in adjusted efficiency last season. The Wolverines don’t have the same star-power, but they’re as well-rounded a squad as you’ll find. Having said all that, other than height for the front court and, to a lesser degree, for the back court, most players–LeBron aisde– have at least a few less than ideal physcial attributes for the position they play. What they can do together as he continues to develop is downright scary. Let’s hope he can keep up this production consistently throughout the season and help Michigan make another run at a national title. The Wolverines have been college basketball’s best story in November, going 7-0 with blowout wins over Villanova and North Carolina.It was the closest game for Beilein’s team so far this season.He had 20 scholarship offers, including from other powerful programs such as Tennessee, Oregon, Oklahoma and Florida.He officially committed to the Wolverines on Sept. 22, 2017, and enrolled this June.At 6-foot-7 with good quickness and the ability to shoot from anywhere on the court, the freshman was looking to score from the first whistle.He’s scored at least 18 points in five of seven games and at least 20 points in three straight.Brazdeikis has grabbed seven rebounds four times and plays excellent defense. Beilein took over the recruitment and separated himself from other coaches with text messages that were so detailed Brazdeikis had to take special care with his responses. He gives us a presence defensively where he’s talking and doing some things.” Livers has great size and athleticism which makes him a solid man defender, but his major defensive value lies in his help defense. Livers doesn’t block a ton of shots, he doesn’t steal a ton of passes.