2024-25 Season

Danny Wolf excited to play the ‘4’ and the ‘5’ at Michigan

The first question Danny Wolf asked was about Vlad Goldin.

Entering the transfer portal with a ‘Do Not Contact’ tag, Wolf had already predetermined a select number of schools that combined his academics with high-major basketball. And once Michigan coach Dusty May reached out to the Yale protégé, Wolf was ready to see the vision. He just needed to know who else was in it.

“The one thing that really stood out was the ability to play the four and the five because the first question I asked (May) was, ‘Is Vlad Goldin gonna come with you?’ And he was pretty certain he was,” Wolf said Tuesday on the Defend the Block Podcast. “That kind of created question marks, (but) at the same time, it also raised a higher level of interest in Michigan.”

From the start, Wolf’s interest in the Wolverines ran high. Even out of high school, as former coach Juwan Howard’s program offered Wolf a preferred walk-on role, the big man’s relationship with Michigan—born out of a familial love for the program and the 2013 memory of Trey Burke’s shot versus Kansas —was always positive.

Nevertheless, electing to transfer from Yale after his first two years of eligibility, Wolf had finally found himself back where he nearly started. And when the time came for his visit, and eventual commitment to the Wolverines, it wasn’t just his past relationships that spurred him on; rather, it was what he saw in the future.

A future galvanized by May and Goldin.

“One of the first things that Coach May told me when we were planning our visit was he wanted Vlad and I to be there together,” Wolf said. “Just to really lay out his vision. He wanted to make it very clear that I was coming in to play the four and the five. Because at Yale I played the five and I was never at the four.”

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