We finally got a sneak peek of Michigan’s 2022-23 roster, and early impressions are that it was worth the wait.
The young wing guards stole the show and combined for 51 points and 9-of-13 3-point shooting, and an effective field goal percentage of over 100 percent. Their early scoring outburst earned them, and Hunter Dickinson, a seat on the bench for the final 13 minutes of action.
Howard and Bufkin looked every bit as advertised, and arguably better, with their length, shot-making, and confidence on the offensive end of the floor.
Bufkin had a monster dunk in transition that was the highlight of the evening, while Howard scored 14 straight Michigan points over three minutes late in the first half.
They both have to prove that they can do it against better competition, but it takes a certain level of offensive skill to score 20 points in a game and make it look easy, and both guards showed that they have that in their bag.