With Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. each back for another year, combined with the emergence of freshmen Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III, Ford is fully confident that Michigan's crop of talent ranks ahead of powerhouse programs like Kentucky and Duke.
"The team that may have the most talent in the country, in my book, is Michigan," Ford said. "The Wolverines currently have five players ranked in our Top 100. That's in part why I believe Michigan is a Final Four team and may give Indiana a run for the No. 1 spot by the end of the season."
Although no Michigan player is listed among his top 25 NBA Draft prospects for next summer, Ford sees at least five future NBA players on head coach John Beilein's roster at the moment with the inclusion of freshman big man Mitch McGary. Burke ranks No. 26 on Ford's list, while Robinson III is second among Michigan players at No. 40. The Kentucky Wildcats, chosen by fellow ESPN.com analyst Jay Bilas as the nation's most talented squad, are the only other school to place five individual players in Ford's top 100 rankings.