Writer argues that the Michigan basketball team should not be a Top 25 squad in 2012-13
ANN ARBOR -- There's a general consensus on the Michigan basketball team's early-season ranking.
And so far, it's been to peg the Wolverines high -- very high.
Blue Ribbon Yearbook was the latest to jump on Michigan's bandwagon Wednesday, ranking Michigan No. 5 overall in its poll. ESPN and CBS have also placed the Wolverines at No. 5 in their early preseason predictions.
One writer, though, disagrees. He doesn't see Michigan as the fifth-best team in America, and more than that, he doesn't see the Wolverines in the Top 25 at all.
Dan Hanner, a writer for RealGM.com, says Michigan is not a Top 25 team this season -- and bases most of that logic on the transfer of former forward Evan Smotrycz and Mitch McGary's dip in recruiting ranking.
"Evan Smotrycz was Michigan’s under-utilized star. Smotrycz was already super-efficient, and as the only returning Michigan player to be ranked out of high school, his potential was still very high," he wrote. "With Mitch McGary plummeting in the recruiting rankings, not only does this lower McGary’s projection, it also has spillover effects to the rest of the team.
"I just don’t see Michigan as a Top 25 team anymore. If you love recruits, even Wisconsin brings in a higher ranked post prospect (Sam Dekker) than Michigan at this point. (Of course knowing Bo Ryan, Dekker will probably red-shirt.) But at least on paper, I have a hard time generating a lineup where Michigan’s offense looks scary enough to deserve an elite ranking."
Hanner fails to note that incoming freshman Glenn Robinson III actually finished higher on Rivals.com's final Top 150 list than both McGary and Dekker.
Of course, most of this argument hinges on recruiting rankings and hardly touches on Michigan's returning players, including co-Big Ten Freshman of the Year Trey Burke.
Either way, it's an interesting take.