I am so used to seeing Michigan with a decent point guard that it is jarring to see Devante Jones struggle in the role so far. He is clearly having difficulty adjusting to the speed and size of the opposing teams. It probably doesn’t help that so many of his teammates are also adjusting, not always in position and not playing at their best.
I believe many of the poor decisions and turnovers are correctable. For example, don’t pick up the dribble at the top of the key if you do not know already where you are going to pass the ball. Know better where you are on the court and avoid stepping on the sideline when being harassed by a defender (Brooks did it too).
A few practices focused on passing fundamentals would help the entire team. It doesn’t help anyone to throw a passes at the knees, feet or behind the other player.
Finally, I thought the Hunter Dickinson we saw in the last five minutes of last night’s game was needed through the rest of the game. That would have had a hugely positive impact on Devante and the rest of the team, allowing them to have more confidence and play through mistakes. Even while triple teamed and not looking to score, I thought Hunter could have showed a lot more more energy and aggressiveness. Hunter may be Michigan’s best player, but he is not playing like it consistently enough.