Michigan will travel down I-94 today for a rare road exhibition game as they play the inaugural game in Wayne State’s new WSU Fieldhouse (7:00 p.m., streaming).
The Warriors won the 2021 regular season GLIAC title and will call on two super-senior All-GLIAC guards to carry the load in Brailen Neely — Neely began his career at Oakland and this will be his sixth season of college basketball — and Darian Owens-White. WSU also has a bit of size for a Division II team with a pair of 6-foot-8 transfer Tyree Martin and 6-foot-10, 255-pound junior Nate Talbot.
More importantly, it will be the first time that fans will see the 2021-22 Wolverines on the court, including the first look at transfer point guard DeVante’ Jones and Juwan Howard’s No. 2 ranked six-man recruiting class. Here’s what we’ll be watching for on Friday night.
Deciphering the rotation
There shouldn’t be much drama in Michigan’s starting lineup on Friday night. The five-man group of DeVante’ Jones, Eli Brooks, Caleb Houstan, Brandon Johns and Hunter Dickinson should be the starting lineup, and it would be a minor shock if it weren’t. That’s the most talented, experienced, and proven group that Juwan Howard has to work with,
That doesn’t mean Michigan’s entire rotation is cut and dry.