Why care?

In 2013, the University of Michigan put together one of their better seasons. Being a top team in the nation, they were. rewarded with the 4 seed in the NCAA tournament. After toppling South Dakota St. and VCU during their first two games, Michigan reached national notoriety when Trey Burke notched a 30 foot shot to send them to OT, eventually leading to a win over the top-seeded Ben McLemore led Kansas Jayhawks. They continued their dominance, toppling the although only one seed higher, the heavily favored Florida Gators. Making their first Final Four appearances since either 1993 or 1989, depending on if vacated seasons are counted. Either way, it was an achievement that John Beilein turned the football powerhouse into a hoops machine. In the FF, the Wolverines once again took a victory over Jim Boeheim’s Syracuse Orange. Unfortunately, their season would come to a halt when they were defeated by the Louisville Cardinals. However, Louisville has since had the season vacated, making Michigan to many the rightful champs.

Those Who Never Made It

Like all college teams, not everyone makes it to the pros. However, that does not mean no one besides the professionals was good. Take Spike Albrecht, who had an elite performance in the NCAA championship. He was a solid contributor for the next two seasons at U of M before getting injured and finishing up his career at Purdue. Since then, he has led a career in Medical Device Sales. Another solid transfer out of the squad was Max Biefeldt who went to Indiana after Michigan started a few games for the Hoosiers here and there. For the rest of the team, there is not too much to say.

Albrecht with Michigan

Out of the League

Mitch McGary

Of the six Wolverines who made it pro, McGary had the least successful career. It possibly was caused by him leaving college prematurely, as had he stayed, he would have faced suspensions for using Marijuana. After being drafted by Oklahoma city 21st overall, in only his rookie season, he averaged 6 points and 5 boards, which is not at all bad for a late first-rounder such as himself. However, injuries tainted his season, and he only played in 32 games, starting 2 of them. At the start of his second season, he played in 20 games sporadically, before taking personal leave, averaging under four minutes a night. After the season, he faced suspensions for failed drug tests, leaving him to miss a fifth of the upcoming season had he played. Unfortunately, the Thunder waved him before serving his suspension.

Glenn Robinson III

The son of an all-star with the same name as him, Robinson was known to have potential when he entered the league in 2014. Drafted 40th overall by Minnesota, Flip Saunders saw something in him. For some reason, after only 25 games, he was waived and spent 10 games in Philly before signing with Indiana in the summer of 2015. Nothing really stands off the paper looking at him, but it is of note that he had a double-double in December of 2016, showing some prowess with the ball. Overall, his time in Indy, and later Detroit, was a complete flop. Between the Warriors and 76ers during the season shortened by the pandemic, he did average 12 points and 4 rebounds, even if they may have been empty numbers. Since then, some time was spent in Sacramento where he did not do much. Like McGary, but not to the same extent, he just could not pan out.

Nik Stauskas

The highest selected player of anyone on the team, Stauskas was selected 8th overall by the Sacramento Kings. However, he could not flourish until being traded to Philadelphia a year later. In the city of brotherly love, he had seasons where he averaged 8.5 points and then 9.5 points. His three-point shot specifically began to develop. After only a few games in his fourth season, he was sent to Brooklyn. Although only averaging 4.4 ppg in a limited time, he shot 40% from behind the arc for the year. After playing for the Blazers and Cavs, he’s been out of the league since 2019. He had a fast peak and came down since then.

Stauskas with the Cavs

Those Who Withstood the Test of Time

Tim Hardaway Jr.

Like Robinson, Hardaway both figuratively and literally needed to live up to his name. Drafted 24th overall by the Knicks in 2013, he made an immediate impact, averaging 10 ppg. He made a repeat performance the next year with 11 and a half. The budding star was sent down to Atlanta where he had to take a back seat with fewer minutes. However, when given the chance to shine in his contract year, he truly broke out for the Hawks. He averaged 14.5 with a career-high shooting percentage of 45.5%. After the season, he returned to the team who sent him packing, but not for long. 17.5 points, 4 boards, and 3 assists showed high improvement for the only 25-year old wing. Halfway into the second season of his second Big Apple stint, he was a major piece in the trade that sent Dennis Smith Jr. and DeAndre Jordan to NYC, along with his former Michigan teammate Trey Burke, and the unicorn himself, Kristaps Porzingis. In Dallas, he seems to currently be in his prime. In the past two seasons, he has averaged 16 points per game and has shot just under 40% from three and just over 44% in general. What the future holds for him is uncertain, but it can be known that he will try his hardest to live up to the 5 time All-NBA father he has.

Trey Burke

Burke was the head honcho of the 2013 championship run and was rewarded so in the draft. He was selected 9th overall by the Timberwolves before being sent to the mountains of Utah. In his three seasons in Salt Lake City, he had averages of 12 points and 4 assists. His overall shooting was less than ideal, but from three he had a solid 32.9%. However, he was sent to the nation’s capital, and his production decreased massively. He then went on to play for the Knicks for a bit before being sent with Hardaway to the Mavs. During the following season, Burke played for the Sixers in the pandemic shortened season before being released. He later had a strong showing during the battle in the bubble as he signed back with the Mavericks to be a replacement player. Such a showing earned him a multi-year deal that he is currently on where he is a solid contributor.

Burke with the Mavs

Caris LeVert

A lowly freshman for the 2013 championship run, he spent a few more years basting in the juices of John Beilein’s elite program before he was drafted 20th overall by the Pacers and traded to Brooklyn for Thad Young. He was able to experience lots of playing time during the dark ages of the Brooklyn Nets, prior to Kyrie and KD. For the three seasons after his rookie year, he broke out, averaging a stat line of 14, 4, and 4. Also, on the defensive side, a steal per game. Such a performance allowed him to get the bag from Brooklyn. With trade rumors in the air in January of 2021, anyone on James Harden’s target list of teams was no longer anywhere close to untouchable. From that, LeVert was involved in the massive four-way deal between the Rockets, Pacers, Cavaliers, and Nets. His new destination was to be Indiana. For as odd as it may seem, being traded saved his life. During examinations in Indiana, he had cancer discovered on him that was subsequently removed. Believing in him, the Pacers chose to keep the trade, and received more draft picks, instead of opting to send him back. That was a wise decision as a full recovery has since been made, with him averaging career highs in steals, points, and rebounds. LeVert is a great example to never give up on anyone or anything. Continuing his big contract from Brooklyn, he will probably ride out his peak years in Indianapolis.

By Myst