2021-22 Season

‘Just being Frankie’: Frankie Collins leads Michigan his way

When it was announced that DeVante’ Jones was unable to play in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament due to a concussion, eyes fell upon one individual to fill the hole left in his absence.

During Michigan’s press conference Wednesday, Juwan Howard talked about the backcourt stepping up as a committee. He didn’t want to put the burden on any one person, but it was clear to everyone watching who would take those minutes.

And Frankie Collins is not DeVante’ Jones. 

In a sense, they are opposites. Jones is a graduate transfer senior who has experienced a long collegiate career, much of it as the main guy. Collins is only just beginning his journey, a freshman with open eyes and, so far, limited opportunities. 

In terms of style of play, to open the season, Jones laughed when asked about his athleticism, noting it wasn’t his strongest suit. He has a functional perimeter shot, but doesn’t shoot in high volume. He drives, but oftentimes to create for others before himself. His defense is built on active hands and exploiting poor ball handling from the opposition.

On the other hand, Collins is an explosive athlete who learned how to get to the rim with ease as the season progressed. He uses his built frame and innate strength to defend. He can pass, but he’s wired to attack the rim and score. 

All of this to say, Collins is not Jones. 

And that’s why none of his teammates asked him to be.

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