Former North Carolina guard Caleb Love has decommitted from Michigan and reopened his recruitment because of an admissions issue, a program source said. The Athletic. Here’s what you need to know:
- The 6-foot-4 point guard committed to the Wolverines in home-state program Missouri in April.
- Love, a former five-star recruit, averaged 16.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game last season in North Carolina.
- Rumors began two weeks ago that he was decommitting, but Love quashed any rumblings on social media.
- The Wolverines still have two transfer portal commitments in Alabama guard Nimari Burnett and Seton Hall forward Tray Jackson.
The Athleticquick analysis:
What this means for Michigan
This is devastating news for a program that is in full-on rebuild mode. The Wolverines must replace their top three scorers with star center Hunter Dickinson transferring to Kansas and Kobe Bufkin and Jett Howard declaring for the NBA Draft. Although Love was inconsistent at North Carolina, he has the scoring ability that Michigan desperately needs. Without him, Juwan Howard’s job will be much more difficult.
This is especially difficult news because Love himself recently disputed rumors that he might reopen his recruitment. This isn’t the first time Michigan has had issues with the transfer process, as a similar situation arose last season with Terrence Shannon, who ended up at Illinois. Repeating this is hard to swallow, especially with everything at stake for the Wolverines after a disappointing season that ended in the NIT. — GENTLE
What’s next for Love?
It will be interesting to see how this situation plays out, especially at this point in the offseason. When Love initially committed to Michigan, it was long before the transfer portal closed, and he had his theoretical pick in the trash in terms of destination. Now? Not only are we past the transfer portal entry deadline for undergrads, but many teams have already filled the available scholarships they have. Love still has plenty of suitors, obviously — he’s one of the most proven shot-making guards available this cycle — but the fit might be a little trickier to find just because of logistics.
Another important thing to consider: How does Love stack up against stronger teams? His usage rates at North Carolina suggest he should be an offensive center, and there are things tailored to him, to some extent. Is that realistic to find at this point in the offseason? Possible, but not certain. Love’s best bet right now is to watch how the chips fall in the NBA Draft, and pounce when a school loses a guard it doesn’t expect. — Marks
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