2018 NBA Draft: Next man up, Michigan’s Jordan Poole

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1 Dec 2001: Michigan Wolverines fans watch the NCAA basketball game against the Boston College Eagles at the Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Boston College defeated Michigan 83-74. Mandatory Credit: Danny Moloshok/Allsport

In the first installment of our Next Man Up, an NBA Draft series, we taking a deeper dive into Michigan freshman Jordan Poole

Next Man Up is going to be a weekly series about current college basketball players that are poised to be on NBA Draft radars in the future. On my big board I try to include only guys who have a small chance of entering the NBA Draft this summer.

However, there are plenty of talented prospects who will shine in the spotlight in a year or two in college. This is your chance to get to know these guys before they become mainstream names.

The first Next Man Up being profiled is Jordan Poole, who is a talented freshman combo guard for the Michigan Wolverines. If anybody follows me on twitter (Editor’s Note: and if you don’t, do it now), they saw this coming. Every Michigan game I watch is a plea of tweets begging for Jordan Poole to draw some NBA attention. Poole first caught my eye when I saw him live, attending the Michigan and Ohio State game to watch Keita Bates-Diop.

Instead, I found myself blow away by this lengthy guard in throwback short shorts in layup lines. This kid was getting up off the floor with such explosiveness, and performing dunks that normal college players don’t do. That lengthy guard, coming off a career high 19 point game was Jordan Poole.

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