Michigan Wolverines basketball fifth year senior point guard Mike Smith will not return to the team next year, he announced today on his Instagram page. The news does not come as a surprise to subscribers TheWolverine, with Chris Answer having reported Smiths return was unlikely in a recent INSIDE THE FORT update.
It declared the NCAA all seniors and fifth-year seniors could come back again in 2021-22 if they chose to do so, which is why Smith at least had the opportunity to return.
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In his lone season at Ann Arbor following a transfer from Columbia, Smith averaged 9.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists while playing 30.4 minutes per game. Match. He also connected 79.3 percent of his free throw attempts and a whopping 41.8 percent of his three-pointers.
In his farewell letter on Instagram, the guard from 5-11 noted that he plans to follow his “dreams of playing in the NBA” and that “the next stop” will be the NBA draft.
Zavier Simpson had served as the corn and Blues point guard each of the three seasons from 2018-20, and Smith seamlessly stepped into the starting role from day one this year after Simpson’s graduation.
This mood was perhaps best exemplified by the fact that Smith led the big ten in assists (5.4 per game) through the regular season. Illinois junior Come on, Dosonmu (5.3) and Minnesota redshirt junior Marcus Carr (4.9) were the only two other players in the league who averaged more than 4.5 cents per. competition.
One of the highlights of Smith’s 2020-21 season came in the 79-66 Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal victory over Maryland when he scored 18 points and handed out a Big Ten Tournament record. 15 helps.
Main advisor Juwan Howard will once again have to find a new point guard heading into next year in the wake of Smith’s departure. Wolverines brings a four-star floor general in Frankie Collins with the current novice guard Zeb Jackson also set to return next season (though he is considered by many to be more of a two-guard).
The possibility of current senior guard Eli Brooks return for another year also remains a strong option.
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