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Former North Carolina Guard Caleb Love Commits to Michigan Ahead of 2024 Season

Love's commitment is significant for the Wolverines, as he is the second former McDonald's All-American to join the team this summer, following Nimari Burnett, who transferred from Texas Tech. 

Former North Carolina guard Caleb Love has announced his commitment to play for the Michigan Wolverines, becoming the latest addition to Juwan Howard's squad for the upcoming season. Love's commitment is significant for the Wolverines, as he is the second former McDonald's All-American to join the team this summer, following Nimari Burnett, who transferred from Texas Tech. 


The Wolverines are looking to rebuild the core of their roster after the departures of Kobe Bufkin, Hunter Dickinson, and Jett Howard.

Caleb Love's three-year stint with the North Carolina Tar Heels was an enigmatic one, with moments of brilliance followed by periods of inconsistency. He played a key role in the Tar Heels' run to the National Championship game in 2022, where he averaged 18.8 points per game and had a historic 28-point outing on 11 of 20 shooting in a Final Four win over Duke. Love also scored 30 points and hit 6 of 13 shots from 3-point range in a Sweet 16 win over UCLA during the 2022 NCAA Tournament.


However, Love's junior year was disappointing, with the Tar Heels missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010. Love led the team in scoring with 16.7 points per game, but shot just 37.8% from the floor and 29.9% from 3-point range. He also averaged 2.4 turnovers per game, which was a concern for the Tar Heels. Despite these struggles, Love is still regarded as one of the top transfers in college basketball and is ranked the No. 12 player in the CBS Sports Transfer Rankings.


Love's commitment is a significant addition to the Michigan Wolverines, who are looking to reload after an 18-16 season that ended with a second-round loss in the NIT. 


Love's ability to score and create for his teammates will be a valuable addition to the Wolverines' roster. He is a 6-foot-4 combo guard who can play both on and off the ball, which will give Michigan flexibility in their backcourt. Love's scoring ability is unquestioned, and if he can improve his efficiency from the floor and from 3-point range, he could become one of the top guards in the Big Ten Conference.


Love will have two seasons of eligibility remaining with the Wolverines, which is significant for a program that is looking to build for the future. Michigan has had success with transfers in recent years, with players such as Mike Smith and Chaundee Brown making significant contributions to the team in the 2020-21 season. Love will join a talented roster that includes returning players such as Eli Brooks, Brandon Johns Jr., and Franz Wagner, as well as incoming freshmen such as Caleb Houstan and Moussa Diabate.


Michigan fans will be excited to see Love in a Wolverines uniform, as he brings a level of excitement and potential that could make him one of the most exciting players in college basketball this season. If he can build on his successes from the 2022 NCAA Tournament and improve his efficiency from the floor and from 3-point range, Love could become a star player in the Big Ten and lead Michigan back to the NCAA Tournament.

Austyn McFadden

@UndraftedNews

April 7, 2023 at 12:00:00 AM

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