Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY 

There aren’t many problems with or negative side effects to a run to the national championship game. But one that Michigan coach John Beilein will face – for the first time in his career, really – will be its potentially devastating effect on his roster for next season.

Success in the NCAA tournament only helps players’ NBA draft stock, particularly when a roster has four potential pros. Some, like the consensus National Player of the Year Trey Burke, knew heading into the postseason that they’ll be drafted high if they leave school early; the extra publicity and media attention surrounding a tournament run is icing on the cake.

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Others, like Mitch McGary who spent most of the season coming off the bench before shining in the postseason, have seen that their stock can skyrocket during the tournament itself. That will give McGary the option of going pro sooner than perhaps even he expected. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Glenn Robinson III are expected to follow their fathers’ footsteps to the NBA at some point, too, and it could be as soon as this summer for either or both.

This means there’s a chance Michigan’s roster could be without four of its top five players next season. A return trip to the title game appears like a long shot, if that happens. If all four leave, Michigan will lose 64.7% of its offensive output this season. But even the loss of Burke, who averaged 18.5 points and 6.8 assists a game, would hurt the team’s production and overall comfort in its offensive system.

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Back-up point guard Spike Albrecht has performed well to spell Burke, and he even hit two big 3-pointers against Syracuse in the Final Four, so the Wolverines will be in capable, if not NBA-ready, hands. And even if Hardaway, Robinson and/or McGary leave, Michigan does have three four-star recruits coming in to take their places, including Indiana’s Mr. Basketball, 6-6 wing Zak Irvin. Incoming point guard Derrick Walton could also make an immediate impact, giving the Wolverines some of the tools they’ll need to compete for a Big Ten championship.

“In the back of your mind is, I’ve always got to be ready for a guy that is going to go to the NBA early or a guy that is going to leave early because he wants more,” Beilein said. “This is an issue we’re all trying to deal with, but it’s life. We’re always ready.”

In his six seasons at Michigan, Beilein has lost a few players early to the NBA. Darius Morris left after his sophomore season in 2011. Manny Harris left after his junior year in 2010. But, just as Beilein had never recruited a more highly touted class than this freshman class, he’s also never had to deal with this many potential departures.

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It’s the only problem with Michigan growing into a national championship contender – players won’t stay that long.

“Young men we’ve recruited right now may have opportunities like that in the future,” Beilein said. “Those guys didn’t come in with that MO for the most part. They’ve developed where they’re great prospects. … If things work out for them that they have better opportunities, I’m all for it.”