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Zak Irvin expected to return for start of season

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Michigan was plagued by injuries last year. But when the Wolverines take the floor to open the 2015-16 season, John Beilein expects to have a healthy lineup, which includes Caris LeVert and Derrick Walton Jr.

He also expects Zak Irvin to be ready to play when Michigan opens the season against Northern Michigan on Nov. 13 in Ann Arbor. The junior wing underwent back surgery on Sept. 9. The procedure put him on the sidelines for 6-8 weeks.

“He is getting better every day,” Beilein said Friday morning in a radio interview with WTKA 1050 AM, transcribed by Brendan F. Quinn of MLive.com.

“He can’t do anything yet, but he’s very vocal and leading,” Beilein said Friday morning. “We feel really good about what we said, (that he’ll return) somewhere here in the start of the season and we expect him to be back out on the court for us.”

Irvin was the most recent Wolverine to be bit by the injury bug. LeVert missed 14 games with a left foot injury Derrick Walton missed all of 13 games his own foot injury. Spike Albrecht managed to play through pain before undergoing offseason surgery on both hips. Beilein said LeVert and Walton have are playing with “no restriction” on Friday afternoon, according to Quinn. Albrecht says he’s hoping to get to 100 percent within the next month.

The 6-foot-6 Irvin averaged 14.3 points and 4.8 rebounds last year.

Michigan’s John Beilein hangs out with Derek Jeter

Michigan head coach John Beilein celebrates with his players in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Illinois in the second round of the Big Ten Conference tournament, Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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Michigan had former New York Yankees great Derek Jeter as a special guest on Saturday during its 31-0 drubbing of BYU in the Big House. The future Hall of Fame shortstop received a special Michigan football jersey from Jim Harbaugh and Jeter also got to spend some time with men’s basketball head coach John Beilein.

While this has little to do with helping out Beilein with basketball, Jeter is one of the most revered athletes in recent sports history. Beilein spending some time with Jeter certainly can’t hurt in recruiting.

Michigan unveils new uniforms at photo shoot

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Thursday the Michigan basketball team took part in a photo shoot in preparation for the upcoming season, and that presented the opportunity for the Wolverines to show off their new maize uniforms. While the uniform tops look simple enough, the shorts have an interesting pattern on them that elicited quite the reaction on social media.

Below is a photo of senior guards Spike Albrecht and Caris LeVert in the new jerseys.

For those who aren’t all too thrilled with Michigan’s new uniforms, this will be their final season with manufacturer adidas. During the summer the athletic department inked a deal with Jordan Brand that goes into effect next July, meaning that the “Jumpman” logo will be a fixture in Ann Arbor for years to come.