Head coach John Beilein returns for his sixth season with the highest expectations of his 34-year career. He can be credited with having restored the Wolverines to former glory; the two previous black head coaches in the "post-Fab Five" era were unable to make the NCAA Tournament during their generous tenures. Beilein is a stark contrast from his predecessors, known as one of the "smartest" and "hardest working" "X's and O's" guys. Indeed, his synopsis can be written entirely in caste language. Beilein is the reigning head of the inaugural NCAA Ethics Coalition. Contrast this to previous coach Tommy Amaker, now at Harvard, whose roster has been slashed in the wake of widespread cheating allegations against black players. Beilein inserts himself into his players' lives, guiding them even in superfluous chores such as building positive credit profiles. As a surrogate parent, Beilein nevertheless still targets recruits trending from stable, two-parent families (even the blacks). He hired a local black mouthpiece (Bacari Alexander) as his assistant to bolster his "street cred", and this has been helpful during pursuit of the darker high schoolers. Onto the roster: Michigan faces the daunting task of replacing its two white co-captains, Zack Novak and Stu Douglass. Both of these four-year players were unheralded recruits who blossomed into dependable floor leaders. In their wake, a new Fab Five recruiting class comes to campus, with a wrinkle... three of them are whites! Mitch McGary is the literal centerpiece of the incoming roster. Ranked as the #2 overall recruit in the country, here he explains his fall into the twenties: McGary ironically projects to be much more of a focal point on his Big Ten team than on his all-black AAU squad. It will be fun to watch him match up against the conference's best player, Cody Zeller. McGary should start at power forward and play a majority of front-court minutes. Senior shooting guard Matt Vogrich and center Blake McLimans return to the team in supporting roles. Redshirt freshman Max Biefeldt will compete for backup minutes in the post. Spike Albrecht and top-100 shooting guard Nik Stauskas join McGary as true freshmen. Michigan's six scholarship whites are an outlier, especially as a top ten team. They project to roster at least five whites for the next four years.