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Looking Back At Mike Smith’s Short But Memorable Michigan Career

Mike Smith never got to play in front of a Crisler Center crowd, but he made about as big of an impact as a one-year player could in high-major college basketball — helping the Maize and Blue to a Big Ten title, No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and an Elite Eight appearance — and now he’s off to pursue the NBA. From Darius Morris to Trey Burke to Derrick Walton Jr. to Zavier Simpson, Michigan has had stellar point guard play over the last decade, and Smith kept that going this past year. The Columbia graduate transfer came in last offseason and immediately took to the culture head coach Juwan Howard had in place, which was step one.