Analyst calls No. 3 Michigan the most talented team in college basketball
Through seven games, it's fair to argue that the 2012-13 Michigan basketball team is the most talented club the program has had in more than a decade.
Michigan has athletic depth, it has speed and size and it can play above the rim, putting it right up there with the best of the Big Ten and possibly the nation.
Actually, per ESPN.com's Chad Ford, the Wolverines are the absolute best in the country.
Ford, an NBA draft analyst for ESPN.com, recently ranked Michigan as the most talented team in all of college basketball and says the Wolverines could challenge for the No. 1 spot nationally before the year's out.
"The team that may have the most talent in the country, in my book, is Michigan," Ford wrote. "The Wolverines currently have five players ranked in our Top 100. Kentucky is the only other team to have as many Top 100 players.
In his top 100 draft prospects, Ford has sophomore point guard Trey Burke at No. 26, freshman forward Glenn Robinson III at No. 40, junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. at No. 64, freshman forward Mitch McGary at No. 95 and freshman wing Nik Stauskas at No. 98.
That means, in Ford's eyes, Michigan potentially has five future NBA players on its roster, something he says that only defending national champion Kentucky can currently duplicate.
"That's in part why I believe Michigan is a Final Four team," Ford added, "and may give Indiana a run for the No. 1 spot by the end of the season."