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Michigan basketball goalkeeper Cole Bajema enters the NCAA transfer portal

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Jon Teske receives emotional thanks at the seniors’ evening after Michigan’s 82-58 victory over Nebraska on March 5, 2020 at the Crisler Center.

Detroit Free Press

Michigan basketball goalkeeper Cole Bajema entered his name on the NCAA transfer portal on Tuesday, the Free Press reported.

Bajema, a 6 foot 7 inch supply and a former four-star rookie from Lynden, Wash., Had nine appearances last season and averaged 2.9 points per game. In 37 minutes of action, he logged in on 10 of 13 field placement attempts, showing promise as an offensive option that could create shots from dribbling.

Michigan guard Cole Bajema (22) rolls on James Toohey of Saginaw Valley State (15), Australia, during the first half of an NCAA basketball game in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Friday November 1, 2019. (Photo: Paul Sancya, AP)

Bajema was a member of the 2019 recruiting class who signed up with the Wolverines the year before when John Beilein was still the coach. After Juwan Howard succeeded Beilein, he immediately contacted Bajema to ensure that the precious signatory was on board the new regime.

But Bajema never appeared more than a little player for Howard, as he got stuck on the bench throughout the season.

And now he’s looking for another opportunity. Although access to the transfer portal does not guarantee that a player will leave a program, it is rare for a player to return to their home school once they have indicated their intention to move.

Bajema’s departure will be felt by a program that has already said goodbye to junior riders David DeJulius and Colin Castleton, who had previously entered the transfer portal.

The Wolverines now have a pair of scholarships and may have up to six vacancies at the start of the 2021-2022 campaign.

Just as the list is in the midst of a makeover, the rear area is in the midst of transition after Zavier Simpson’s graduation and the imminent arrivals of former Columbia goalkeeper Mike Smith and four-star prospect Zeb Jackson.

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