2024-25 Season

Nimari Burnett excited for leadership role alongside fresh and familiar faces

With a litany of fresh faces joining the Michigan basketball program in the past few months, compounded by a few key departures, graduate guard Nimari Burnett has rapidly ascended into the Wolverines’ Old Guard.

Despite arriving in Ann Arbor only one season ago, after averaging over 31 minutes per game across all 32 contests Michigan battled through this past year, Burnett has now donned Maize and Blue more than nearly all his new, and some old, teammates can say. Before he decided to remain with the Wolverines, Burnett had crossed three schools in three playing seasons, missing an entire year from a knee surgery.

One 8-24 season and a Dusty May arrival later, though, and after withdrawing his name from the NBA Draft, Burnett knew he had found his long-term home at Michigan. More than that, for Burnett, it isn’t just enough to be with the Wolverines.

He wants to win with them, too.

“It’s a thing of, yeah, you want to prove those that don’t believe in this group wrong. But also, you want to prove the ones that also believe in you, right,” Burnett said Tuesday on the Defend the Block Podcast. “I’m looking forward to that and kind of laying it out all on the floor and truly representing the Block M and enjoying Michigan basketball and bringing it back to what it should be.”

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