Michigan Basketball: Week in review for the Wolverines

Syndication: Detroit Free Press
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Sixth Man of the Week

Our first Sixth Man of the Week will go to a player who may not be coming off the bench much longer if he continues to play this well.

Another freshman contributor, Moussa Diabate turned heads in the first two games with his relentless motor on both ends of the court.

Diabate stuffed the stat sheet with impressive averages of 6.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks per game to open his first week at Michigan.

Perhaps more impressive than these numbers was his energy on the floor and the speed and athleticism that he showcased as he chased down rebounds like Dennis Rodman in the ’90s.

With senior forward Brandon Johns struggling a bit out the gate, he might need to be looking over his shoulder, because this freshman is legit — and he still doesn’t quite know what he is doing out there yet.

Play of the Week

Okay, I know I am supposed to pick just one play but I couldn’t do it this week.

Dickinson’s three doesn’t seem like a worthy play until you consider what it could mean going forward.

He absolutely drained that shot like he had been doing that in games for years.

If he can develop that shot to even hit threes at a 30% clip, that will open up the Wolverine offense even more and pull opposing big men further away from the rim, potentially massive development in a conference dominated by powerful, rim-protecting centers.

The Diabate block is the true Play of the Week.

He ran the length of the court and timed that chase-down block perfectly as he erased a potential fast-break basket by Prairie View A&M.

He will be such a fun player to watch this season, especially on the defensive end.