Isaiah Livers

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Isaiah Livers
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No. 4 – Michigan Wolverines
Position Forward
League Big Ten Conference
Personal information
Born (1998-07-28) July 28, 1998 (age 20)
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school Kalamazoo Central
(Kalamazoo, Michigan)
College Michigan (2017–present)
Career highlights and awards

Isaiah M. Livers (born July 28, 1998) is an American basketball player for the Michigan Wolverines who will play his sophomore season for the 2018–19 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team. He attended Kalamazoo Central High School where he won the Mr. Basketball of Michigan. He was part of the 2017–18 team that won the 2018 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament and reached the Championship Game of the 2018 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.

Early life[edit]

Livers was born on July 28, 1998 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Angela and Morris Livers.[1] He started playing basketball at the age of five with his father in the driveway.[2] Michigan began recruiting Livers in May 2016 and he made his official visit on July 28, earning an offer.[3] At the end of his recruitment, he was considering visiting Cal, but decided to cancel the visit and commit to Michigan.[4] On August 7, Isaiah Livers committed to Michigan over contenders Michigan State, Butler, Minnesota, California, and Boston College.[5][6] Livers signed his National Letter of Intent to Michigan as part of a three-scholarship player incoming class with Jordan Poole and Eli Brooks.[7]

Awards[edit]

He was named 2017 Michigan Gatorade Player of the Year and Mr. Basketball of Michigan.[8] Livers edged out second-place finisher Xavier Tillman by a 2,811–2,739 vote margin, although Tillman received three more first-place ballots.[9] It was the closet vote in Mr. Basketball of Michigan history.[9] Livers is Michigan's 11th Mr. Basketball of Michigan, but the first since Manny Harris in 2007.[10]

College career[edit]

Livers in 2018

On January 2, 2018, Michigan defeated Iowa 75–68 with Livers contributing a career-best 13 points,[11][12] which was considered a breakout performance.[13] It was the first of three consecutive double-digit efforts off the bench for Livers.[14] This resulted in Livers replacing Duncan Robinson in the starting lineup for Michigan when they faced Michigan State in their rivalry game on January 13.[15][16] Michigan defeated the (#4 AP Poll/#4 Coaches Poll) Spartans for their first victory on the road against a top-five ranked team since January 25, 2014,[17][18] ushering their way into the 2017–18 basketball rankings.[19] On January 15, Michigan defeated Maryland 68–67 as Livers heaved an inbounds pass from under the basket across midcourt with three seconds remaining to Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman who drew a foul for the game-winning free throws with 1.2 seconds remaining.[20][21] Livers rolled his ankle in the second minute of the game against Northwestern on February 6 sidelining him for the rest of the game, which Michigan went on to lose.[22] He missed the next game against Wisconsin before returning to the starting lineup on February 14 against Iowa.[23][24] Livers was again the inbounds passer from the defensive baseline with 3.6 seconds left in the 2018 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament second round game against (#21 AP Poll/#19 Coaches Poll) Houston on March 17, 2018 when Michigan ran a set play that set up Jordan Poole for a buzzer beater three point shot resulting in a 64–63 win and a trip to the Sweet Sixteen.[25][26][27][28] The team lost in the 2018 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Game to (#2 Coaches Poll/#2 AP Poll) Villanova.[29][30]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "4 Isaiah Livers". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  2. ^ Purcell, Jared (March 20, 2017). "Michigan signee Isaiah Livers of Kalamazoo Central is 2017 Mr. Basketball". MLive.com. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  3. ^ Quinn, Brendan F. (August 7, 2016). "Isaiah Livers, a 4-star 2017 forward from Kalamazoo Central, commits to Michigan". MLive.com. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  4. ^ Snyder, Mark (August 9, 2016). "New Michigan basketball commit Isaiah Livers says he's perfect fit". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  5. ^ Quinn, Brendan F. (August 7, 2016). "Isaiah Livers, a 4-star 2017 forward from Kalamazoo Central, commits to Michigan". MLive.com. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  6. ^ Rankin, Reggie (August 7, 2016). "Scout's Take: ESPN 100 PF Isaiah Livers to Michigan". ESPN. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  7. ^ Snyder, Mark (November 11, 2016). "Michigan basketball officially announces 2017 class". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  8. ^ Nothaft, Patrick (March 20, 2017). "Kalamazoo Central's Isaiah Livers wins Michigan Gatorade Player of the Year honors". MLive.com. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  9. ^ a b Goricki, David (March 20, 2017). "Isaiah Livers named Michigan Mr. Basketball". Detroit News. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  10. ^ "Incoming Recruit Livers Named Michigan's Mr. Basketball". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. March 21, 2017. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  11. ^ "Michigan beats Iowa 75–68". ESPN. Associated Press. January 2, 2018. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  12. ^ "Wolverines Kick Off New Year with Big Ten Road Win at Iowa". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. January 2, 2018. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  13. ^ Hawkins, James (January 3, 2018). "UM's Isaiah Livers relishes breakout performance". Detroit News. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  14. ^ "Wolverines Rally, but Fall to No. 5 Boilermakers in Final Seconds". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. January 9, 2018. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  15. ^ Sipple, George (January 12, 2018). "Michigan freshman Isaiah Livers may get first start at Michigan State". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  16. ^ Sipple, George (January 12, 2018). "Michigan freshman Isaiah Livers may get first start at Michigan State". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  17. ^ "Wagner scores 27, Michigan beats No. 4 Michigan State 82–72". ESPN. Associated Press. January 13, 2018. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  18. ^ "Wolverines Grab Rivalry Road Win Over No. 4 Spartans". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. January 13, 2018. Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  19. ^ Boone, Kyle (January 15, 2018). "College basketball rankings: Ohio State, Michigan enter coaches poll top 25: The Buckeyes and Wolverines are ranked for the first time this season". CBS Sports. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  20. ^ "No. 23 Michigan barely beats short-handed Maryland 68-67". ESPN. Associated Press. January 15, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  21. ^ "Abdur-Rahkman Sinks Terps, Hits 1,000 Points with Winning Free Throws". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. January 15, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  22. ^ Sipple, George (February 7, 2018). "U-M's Isaiah Livers suffers sprained left ankle 61-52 loss at Northwestern". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  23. ^ Kahn, Andrew (February 11, 2018). "Beilein updates on Livers injury, foul shooting struggles after road win". MLive.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  24. ^ Balas, Chris (February 14, 2018). "Michigan Basketball Instant Recap: U-M Handles Iowa, 74-59". Rivals.com. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  25. ^ "Poole party! Michigan sinks buzzer-beating 3-pointer". Reuters. March 17, 2018. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  26. ^ Borzello, Jeff (March 18, 2018). "Michigan's Jordan Poole: 'Gotta always be ready for the opportunity'". ESPN. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  27. ^ Wyrot, Tom (March 18, 2018). "March Madness: Poole Sends Michigan to Sweet 16". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
  28. ^ "Poole's buzzer-beating sends Michigan past Houston, 64-63". ESPN. Associated Press. March 18, 2018. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
  29. ^ "Villanova takes title, 79-62 over Michigan behind DiVincenzo". ESPN. Associated Press. April 3, 2018. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  30. ^ Wyrot, Tom (April 2, 2018). "Michigan Comes Up Short Against Villanova in National Championship Game". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved April 3, 2018.

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