3 Names to Keep an Eye on for Michigan Basketball’s Open Scholarship

Following the transfers of Spike Albrecht, Ricky Doyle, and Aubrey Dawkins, Michigan basketball is left with an open scholarship for next season. Let’s take a look at the Wolverines’ options for their open scholarship next season.
Grant Mullins, Columbia

A graduate transfer from Columbia, Mullins is eligible to compete immediately next season for any team, and it’s not hard to see how he would fit in with the Wolverines. Mullins is a good scorer at the wing, as he averaged 13.3 points along with 3.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game last season. However, the big draw for Michigan is Mullins’ shooting. Last season he shot 44% from three, which would make him a good fit in Michigan’s three-point heavy offense. Mullins would also fill the wing spot vacated by Dawkins’ transfer.

ESPN’s Jeff Borzello has confirmed the Wolverines have already been in contact with Mullins, which confirms he is a potential fit.

Alec Peters, Valparaiso

Like Mullins, Peters is also a graduate transfer eligible to play immediately next season. While he has declared for the NBA draft, he has yet to hire an agent, which means he can still elect to return to college next season, and he has confirmed he will explore both options. A 6’8” forward, Peters would provide the Wolverines’ with a solid, experienced big man, something they can certainly use. He’s a consummate stretch four, and a great scorer having averaged 18.4 points per game last season along with 8.5 rebounds per game. He would also give the Wolverines the ability to play shooters at every spot on the floor, a very interesting prospect for John Beilein.

LG Gill, Duquesne

Another graduate transfer eligible to play next season, Gill would provide the Wolverines with more of a traditional power forward. At 6’7” Gill is undersized, but that did not stop him from averaging 10.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game last season. Gill would provide the Wolverines with more size, and would allow Beilein to play a more traditional lineup with two back-to-the basketball big men.

Other Possibilities

Spike Albrecht, Michigan

A fan favorite, a Spike Albrecht return is possible as John Beilein acknowledged yesterday.  However, Michigan is still evaluating its options, and with Derrick Walton and incoming guards Ibi Watson and Xavier Simpson it is unclear if Albrecht can get the playing time he seeks in Ann Arbor. However, it is something that will be discussed and is certainly still possible.

Remaining Unsigned Recruits

It’s very late, but there are still unsigned recruits out there. They are mostly low-level recruits, but every class has a few diamonds in the rough. Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman was an unheralded two-star himself who signed late, and he has blossomed into arguably the Wolverines’ best players. Beilein could go this route, but it is unlikely as it would put Michigan over the scholarship limit once their 2017 class gets to Ann Arbor. However Beilein has gone this route in the past and it would not be shocking to see him do it again.