The Michigan Wolverines will have the tough task of replacing the National Player of the Year in the upcoming season. Sure, Tim Hardaway Jr. is a big loss, but Trey Burke declaring for the NBA draft puts a huge hole in the Wolverines’ starting five. So, who will be the new point guard in the 2013-14 college basketball season.
The two likely candidates for Burke’s old role will be sophomore Spike Albrecht and incoming freshman Derrick Walton. I can assure you one thing and that is neither player will be as good as Burke.
But fear not because the Wolverines will have plenty of talent to compete in college hoops, although they will look different.
When first thinking of a replacement for Burke, many people would probably say Albrecht. He is that one guy who decided to score 17 points in the national championship game against Louisville after not having much of an impact for the team the entire season. Where in the heck did that come from? However, without that game, would Walton be the for sure replacement?
Who really knows? Walton may not be the very best field general entering college basketball, but he is a top rated recruit and he could definitely lead Michigan to victory.
Albrecht may have went off in the title game, but it is not like he was dishing out passes left and right, since he didn’t have a single assist in 28 minutes of play.
I have no clue what John Beilein is thinking, but I think he should go with Walton–if he will really be as good as everyone is saying he will be. Albrecht may not be a one-hit-wonder, but he still needs to earn the starting point guard job regardless. It will be a tough battle between these two and they may just split time.
Just like all things in the 2013-14 college hoops season, we will just have to wait and see.
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