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Michigan basketball 'got them a G-E-M': How grad transfer PG Mike Smith will fit in

Mike Smith wanted to play big-time basketball.

The two sides were a fit, which is why Smith's commitment to the Wolverines on Friday afternoon makes sense.

"Michigan got them a G-E-M," said Lauren Foster, a Chicago area trainer who worked with Smith when he was younger.

The former Columbia point guard had to find a new home because of Ivy League rules that forbid grad transfers from athletic competition.

The Wolverines, meanwhile, were looking at entering the 2020-21 season with just two scholarship guards who could run the point, one of them a freshman.