But Howard has all the ingredients — plenty of players, rather — to make those combinations, and the coach of the Michigan men’s basketball team wants to use the non-conference portion of the season to give each player a chance to show what they can do.
For years, Thanksgiving has been a holiday that has seen the Michigan men’s basketball team celebrate as a team on the road competing in an early-season tournament, serving as a key moment to help strengthen the roster’s bond before the start of conference play.
After leading Michigan to a 19-12 regular season finish in his first campaign before COVID-19 hit and bringing in the Big Ten’s top incoming freshman class in 2020, Howard’s quick ascent has come as a surprise to many.
As someone who advanced to two National Championship games as a member of the Fab Five and won two NBA championships with the Miami Heat, Howard knows how important chemistry can be to a successful team, and he made sure to find time for his players to grow closer even as they found themselves isolated in quarantine.
Sophomore wing Franz Wagner is ready to make a giant leap.
After a freshman campaign that saw the highly-touted recruit from Germany average 11.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, the hype is understandably high coming into his second season. Despite having some rough patches early, the tape teases tantalizing potential from Wagner, who possesses tremendous skill and upside on the offensive side of the floor. To look at what can be expected from Wagner in his sophomore campaign, The Daily broke down film to take a closer look at his game.