It hasn't been the best of offseasons for Michigan coach John Beilein. First the Wolverines lost their two leading scorers in Manny Harris and DeShawn Sims. Sims was a senior, but Harris' decision to enter the NBA draft especially hurt. Despite his apparent differences with Beilein, Harris was Michigan's most productive player, and his decision to go to the draft was unrewarded when Harris wasn't selected in either round last Thursday night.
Then Beilein lost a huge chunk of his coaching staff. Assistants Jerry Dunn and Jeff Mahoney left after the season. Graduate manager Patrick Beilein left for Dartmouth. And fifth-year assistant Mike Jackson left to take an assistant's position at Purdue.
Now there's more bad news to deal with: Laval Lucas-Perry, a redshirt junior expected to compete for Michigan's starting point guard spot, was bounced from the team thanks to a "violation of team standards," according to a Michigan press release. According to AnnArbor.com, Perry had the team standards "made clear to him on several occasions" and apparently didn't get the picture.
The move comes at a transparently bad time for Beilein and the Wolverines. Perry played in 32 games in 2009-10, starting 22 of them; his loss adds to the stark turnover throughout Michigan's program. That turnover will require Beilein to shift some personnel, probably resulting in more time at the shooting guard spot for either sharpshooter Zack Novak and Stu Douglass.
Fortunately, Beilein does have a pair of top 100 recruits on the way in 2010 -- power forward Evan Smotrycz and shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. -- but the recruiting class isn't nearly good enough to make up for Michigan's losses this offseason. If Beilein had the college coach's classic three-year rebuild in mind when he took over at Michigan in 2007, that plan is decidedly behind schedule.