Our weekly feature tracking the performance of Michigan players over the last week’s action. (Photo: Dustin Johnston)
Mitch McGary: 8 (Last Week: 7)
McGary played the best offensive game of his career at Indiana, scoring 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting and grabbing seven rebounds and two steals. Jordan Morgan’s injury has presented opportunity and McGary made the most of it. He plays a more gambling style of defense than Morgan but his aggressive nature can change games quickly. Are we witnessing the rise of Mitch McGary? The trend in his recent form is positive and he continues to improve every time he steps on the floor.
Trey Burke: 7.5 (Last Week: 8)
Similar to last week, Burke had one great game at home followed by a so-so game on the road. Of course Burke’s so-so game was 25 points, eight assists and five rebounds at Assembly Hall. To be honest, we probably grade Burke on far too difficult of a scale. His form chart shows regression in recent weeks but on the national stage he seems to move closer to player of the year honors with each passing week. A marquee performance against Aaron Craft tonight could serve as a massive confidence boost before trips to Madison and East Lansing.
Jon Horford: 7 (Last Week: 6.5)
It’s encouraging just to see Horford register a score in consecutive weeks. Horford isn’t just playing, he’s playing well. The 6-foot-10 junior blocked five shots in two games and scored a season best 10 points against Northwestern, showing off an array of moves around the basket. It will be interesting to see how John Beilein manages his front line rotation when Morgan returns to the lineup as all three players have proven they deserve opportunities.
Tim Hardaway Jr.: 6 (Last Week: 9)
Hardaway was just okay over the last week. His performance was quiet against Northwestern, scoring 7 points on 3-of-10 shooting and he needs 16 shots to score 18 points at Indiana. However, we are at the mid-way point of the Big Ten season and Hardaway’s improvement over last year is drastic. The junior has raised his Big Ten offensive rating from 98.4 a year ago to 115.7 and his effective field goal percentage from 46% to 60%.
Glenn Robinson III: 6.5 (Last Week: 8.5)
Robinson was exploited to a degree at Indiana – playing 40 minutes and scoring just two points and struggling on the defensive end of the floor. He had his shot blocked several times and his inability to create his own offense was painfully obvious against a swarming Indiana defense. However, he also played a flawlessly efficient game against Northwestern at home last week, scoring 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting.
Nik Stauskas: 6 (Last Week: 7.5)
Stauskas hasn’t been putting up the sort of shooting numbers we saw early in the season but it’s tough to make over half your threes against Big Ten defenses. The road struggles are a real concern though. Michigan isolated the 6-foot-6 freshman on the first two possessions of its game at Assembly Hall and he missed both attempts at the bucket over Jordan Hulls. He’ll have the opportunity to bounce back on Tuesday evening against Ohio State, the only team to shut him out earlier this season
Caris LeVert: 4.5 (Last Week: 3.5)
LeVert looked to be operating on pure adrenaline in Bloomington, but he made a positive impact. The 6-foot-5 freshman snapped an 11-0 Indiana run with a bucket and an assist in the second half and finished with four points at Indiana.
Spike Albrecht: 2.5 (Last Week: 3.5)
Early in the season, Albrecht seemed to have a knack for making a positive impact. Of late, his play has been more about holding things in line rather than making the occasional surprising play.
Max Bielfeldt: 1 (Last Week: N/A)
After playing six minutes at Illinois after Morgan’s ankle injury, Bielfeldt appeared to have an opportunity to make an impact. However, McGary and Horford’s strong play essentially cut him out of the equation as there just weren’t enough minutes to go around. Bielfeldt played three minutes against Northwestern, failing to record a statistic, and didn’t play at Indiana.