Chaundee Brown was paying attention, watching the tweets come trickling in as the weeks passed, announcing waiver after waiver, none of them with his name on it.
From the outside, that gave an air of inevitability to this process. The NCAA wasn’t holding waivers to intense scrutiny during a pandemic. Brown committed to Michigan after the Wake Forest coaching staff was fired. His teammate, Olivier Sarr, secured a waiver a couple weeks ago.
For Brown, there was none of that. He saw all of that happening and, like everyone else, could jump to the conclusion that it portended something good for him. But still, he waited to hear good news about his own waiver.
“I’ve been waiting for it a long time,” Brown said Monday, three days after the wait ended. “Just been frustrated cause I’d like to know for a while, cause I didn’t know what position I was in.”
After the announcement that Brown will indeed be immediately eligible to play this season, the conversation is not about him, but what he can add to this Michigan team. Brown, a former top-40 recruit and three-year starter at Wake Forest, hands the Wolverines much-needed depth on the wing.