In late February, Michigan’s season was teetering on the brink with Phil Martelli at the helm. Juwan Howard was at home serving a suspension, and Jaelin Llewellyn was playing his last home game for Princeton. He was focused on trying to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time, while also facing the reality that his college basketball career wasn’t over, but his Princeton career was. Focusing on the next game while having no idea what his future might hold. The sort of flux that only exists in the Ivy League.
The last time we ran a feature like this was to analyze a head-to-head matchup between Mike Smith and Chaundee Brown, but the exercise feels useful once again given how important Llewellyn will be to Michigan’s season. In order to get a feel for Llewellyn’s strengths and weaknesses, and more importantly how he plays the game, we are going possession-by-possession with a running commentary on the game.
I’ll rewatch every play and clip all of the key moments to illustrate how Llewellyn plays the game and how that skill set might fit at Michigan.