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NCAA Basketball: Is Michigan or West Virginia a better fit for Olivier Nkamhoua?

Mar 16, 2023; Orlando, FL, USA; Tennessee Volunteers forward Olivier Nkamhoua (13) looks on during the second half against the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2023; Orlando, FL, USA; Tennessee Volunteers forward Olivier Nkamhoua (13) looks on during the second half against the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports /
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Olivier Nkamhoua transfer option – Michigan Wolverines

While dealing with Caleb Love recently parting ways with the program and the high-profile recruiting battle of Toledo transfer Rayj Dennis, the Wolverines have plenty to deal with. But with a visit schedule, they can finally get back to focusing on Nkamhoua.

With Dickinson 100% gone, the frontcourt picture is clear. They currently have rising sophomore and former top-50 prospect Tarris Reed Jr., along with Seton Hall stretch forward transfer, Tray Jackson. Terrance Williams and Will Tschetter are returning role players at the four-spot, along with Youssef Khayat, who didn’t play much as a freshman as a combo forward.

Nkamhoua has more talent than all of them on paper, though Reed could be a breakout player to watch in his second year. And while power forward isn’t the biggest position of need, Michigan needs to simply add as much talent as possible for next season just to be competition.

The Big Ten program could offer to play Nkamhoua a lot at the small forward position, which he could thrive at. This would allow Alabama grad transfer Nimari Burnett to slide to the shooting guard position to replace Love’s departure. It would be a bit of a clunky lineup but one that would at least have potential and allow Michigan to use most of its lineup.