Livers Returns To Michigan With 'Unfinished Business'

In his three seasons in Ann Arbor, Livers has played in 96 career games (46 starts) and compiled an 82-27 record.

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July 17, 2020 - 2:34 pm
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's basketball guard/forward Isaiah Livers announced Friday (July 17) that he will return for his senior season and remove his name from the 2020 NBA Draft.

"What a crazy couple of months. However, I have learned a great deal from this process, and I'm extremely excited to return to Ann Arbor," said Livers. "My family and I are so appreciative of Coach Howard and all the staff for letting us really explore my dream of playing in the NBA. While it was a limited process due to COVID-19, I want to thank all the NBA teams who took the time to talk to me. The information I gathered is going to be invaluable moving forward. But now, we have unfinished business in Ann Arbor. I cannot wait to do everything I can and help lead this team to great things."

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"It was a great afternoon when Isaiah stopped into my office and told us he would be returning," said David and Meredith Kaplan head men's basketball coach Juwan Howard. "The opportunity for Isaiah, and his family, to take a deep dive and learn as much as they could about professional basketball is a blessing. Now, he has even more information to know what he needs to do to reach that next level and fulfill his dreams. For us, we not only get a skilled and experienced veteran back, we get a true leader and one of the best young men I have met."

In his three seasons in Ann Arbor, Livers has played in 96 career games (46 starts) and compiled an 82-27 record. He helped the Wolverines to their second straight Big Ten Tournament title in 2018 while being part of two straight Michigan NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearances (2018, '19). In 2018, U-M advanced to its second Final Four and national title game in six years.

Prior to the sudden cancellation of the 2019-20 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Livers was leading the Wolverines with 12.9 points per game after posting 14 double-figure scoring games -- three of which featured him scoring 20 points or more, incuding a career-high 24 against Houston Baptist. In addition to his scoring, he averaged career bests in rebounds (4.0.), assists (1.1), and he missed just two free throws the entire season, shooting 95.7 percent (44-for-46) from the charity stripe. The 2017 Michigan Mr. Basketball, Livers has continued his work towards a general studies degree.

Livers was one of two Wolverines to explore the possibilities of entering the 2020 NBA Draft early. Wolverine guard Franz Wagner announced in late April he would return for this sophomore season.