With COVID-19 prematurely ending the college basketball season, Davis turned his attention to repairing his right shoulder. In late April, he underwent surgery at the Michigan Medicine Brighton Center for Specialty Care.
Last spring, as the former Columbia point guard narrowed down his list of transfer suitors, the candid and persistent approach of Michigan coach Juwan Howard stood out among the rest. In early April, Smith chose the Wolverines over Gonzaga, Arizona and Seton Hall.
As for now though, his exit means rising senior Eli Brooks will have to shoulder much of the burden, both from an offensive and leadership perspective. Brooks started alongside Simpson at the ‘2’last season but served as the backup point guard the two years prior.
How does a second-year NBA player conclude that a college freshman doesn’t need any advice at all?
According to his brother and others, it’s his maturity and experience. While most of the former is derived from his innate disposition, the latter results from his unique basketball background.
Just three days prior, Trice almost singlehandedly downed Michigan from behind the 3-point line en route to an away victory. Sunday afternoon, the Michigan men’s basketball team was left seeing double as Ohio State sank 11-of-21 from three, beating the Wolverines 77-63 in the process.
The Wolverines welcome Wisconsin to Crisler Center in the two teams’ one and only meeting this season. While the Badgers may lack a top-25 ranking and household name, they are currently tied for third in the Big Ten — a game ahead of Michigan in the crowded race for a double-bye in next month’s conference tournament. One of the keys to Wisconsin’s success this year has been its 3-point shooting.
Over the course of their latest five-game winning streak, the Wolverines have showcased their depth.
The usual suspects of Zavier Simpson, Isaiah Livers and Eli Brooks have all had their moments — Simpson’s four 3-pointers against Michigan State, Livers’ 17-point outing against Northwestern and Brooks’ three double-digit scoring efforts.
The process of breaking that standoff wasn’t pretty, but even without leading scorer, Isaiah Livers, the Michigan men’s basketball team (17-9 overall, 8-7 Big Ten) held on to beat Rutgers (18-9, 9-7), 60-52, undaunted in a hostile environment.