Trey Burke: 9.5 (Last Week: 8.5)
Burke has been nearly unstoppable this past week, as well as nearly mistake-free. In Michigan’s games against Bradley and Western Michigan, the point guard racked up 12 assists to just two turnovers and has raised his assist rate on the season to just over 38%, which is good for 25th in the country. He has also carried the scoring load for the Wolverines, tallying 16 and 20 points against Bradley and Western Michigan, respectively.
Nik Stauskas: 9.5 (Last Week: 8.5)
Nik Stauskas has established himself firmly in the starting rotation and is fast becoming a player you just can’t keep off the court. His offensive numbers continue to climb: the freshman’s offensive efficiency is up to just under 153, where he ranks third nationally; his effective field goal percentage is an absurd 75 percent, good for fifth. What’s crazy is that we’re still learning about new things he can do — against Western Michigan, Stauskas showed off his passing skills, dropping four assists.
Jordan Morgan: 7.5 (Last Week: 6)
The veteran big man has done everything expected of him this past week, averaging nine points and nine rebounds. Morgan notched a double-double against Bradley with 10 points and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes, and against Western Michigan his stat sheet was similarly mirrored with eight points and eight rebounds. Most of Morgan’s points come off of feeds from Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke, but he is a solid finisher and rarely flubs a pass.
Glenn Robinson III: 6.5 (Last Week: 7.5)
The talented freshman hasn’t quite produced like he did earlier this season, but he continues to grow and find his way in the offense. Robinson’s rebounding has dropped a bit this week — during the first six games of the season, he averaged 7.5 rebounds per game. In the last two games, he’s averaged 4.5. He is still very efficient, with an offensive rating of 126.
Tim Hardaway Jr.: 5.5 (Last Week: 9)
Hardaway has only fallen so much because he has not kept up his alarming rate of production he established during Michigan’s other early-season games. After notching double-figure scoring numbers in each of Michigan’s first six games, he scored only nine points against both Bradley and Western Michigan. He had five turnovers against Bradley and just never seemed to be able to find a groove in either game.
Mitch McGary: 5.5 (Last Week: 8.5)
McGary has been holding steady at about 15 minutes per game, but he always affects the game when he’s on the court — in ways both good and bad. The Chesterton native racked up an alarming four turnovers against Western Michigan when he had serious issues handling the double-team in the post. However, McGary also scored a career-high 10 points against the Broncos and continues to be a solid finisher and a great rebounder.
Caris LeVert: 4 (Last Week: N/A)
Last week, LeVert hadn’t played a college game and was on track for a redshirt. This week, he has entrenched himself in the rotation and it appears he will see consistent minutes backing up the two guard Levert scored his first college points against Western Michigan, a 3-pointer at the top of the key as the shot clock was winding down.
Jon Horford: 3.5 (Last Week: 4)
Horford didn’t see any action against Bradley because of Max Bielfeldt’s homecoming, but against Western Michigan he tallied an impressive five rebounds and one block in just 10 minutes. Though he didn’t score any points, Horford was a game changer on the defensive end and will continue to fight for playing time at the crowded five position.
Max Bielfeldt: 3.5 (Last Week: 1)
It’s only appropriate that Bielfeldt and Horford have the same rating as it appears the two are relatively even in practice, judging by their minutes. While Horford didn’t play against Bradley and played 10 minutes against Western, Bielfeldt played nine against Bradley, scoring two points, and not at all against Western due to an injury. Beilein’s diagnosis was preliminary early this week but it looks as if Bielfeldt should miss at least Saturday’s game.
Matt Vogirch: 1.5 (Last Week: 3)
It’s official: Vogrich has not only lost his starting spot but also, with the burning of Caris Levert’s redshirt, his place in the rotation.
Note: Scores for a preliminary week, in addition to the first post, were added to assist in charting.