Michigan Wolverines basketball fifth year senior defender Mike Smith will not return to the team next year, he announced today on his Instagram page. The news is no surprise to subscribers The werewolf, s Chris Answer after announcing Smith’s return is unlikely in a recent update INSIDE THE FORT.
The NCAA declares this everything retirees and fifth-year students could return again in 2021-22 if they choose to do so, which is why Smith at least had the opportunity to make a comeback.
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In his lone season at Ann Arbor, after a transfer from Colombia, Smith averaged 9.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 5.3 assists while playing 30.4 minutes per game. He also joined 79.3 percent of his free throw attempts and a stellar 41.8 percent of his three points.
In his farewell letter on Instagram, the guard from 5 to 11 noted that he plans to follow “his dreams of playing in the NBA” and that the “next stop” will be the NBA Draft.
Simpson turned has served as a keeper of the corn and blues each of the three seasons of 2018-20, and Smith has seamlessly entered the starting role from the first day this year after Simpson’s graduation.
This mood was perhaps best illustrated by the fact that Smith led the Big Ten in assists (5.4 per game) throughout the regular season. Illinois Jr. Come on, Dosonmu (5.3) and the red shirt of Minnesota Jr. Marcus Carr (4.9) were the only two other players in the league to average more than 4.5 dozen per race.
One of the highlights of the Smith 2020-21 season came in the Big Ten’s 79-66 quarterfinal victory over Maryland, when he scored 18 points and set a record for the Big Ten tournament. 15 assists.
Head coach Juvan Howard once again he will have to find a new point defender, which will focus on the year after Smith’s departure. The werewolves are bringing a four-star floor to Frankie Collins, with a current freshman Zeb Jackson he is also preparing to return next season (although many see him more as a double insurer).
The opportunity for a current senior guard Eli Brooks returning for another year also remains a strong option.
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