I mentioned in the D. Morris thread that Darius Morris with his six assists against Duke had passed Rumeal Robinson (233 in 1988-89) and Gary Grant (234 in 1987-88) to become the all-time single-season leader in assists at Michigan with 235 (as Rothstein reported in an annarbor.com article). His 6.7 assist average for the season is second only to Grant's 6.9 average for 1987-88 (Grant played in one fewer game that season than Morris did this season--34 vs. 35).
It's also worth noting that Morris accomplished this as a sophomore, whereas Grant was a senior in 87-88 and Robinson was a junior in 88-89. Also, in that other thread, enlightenedbum made a good point about Morris besting Grant and Robinson in total season assists:
That's super crazy because of the pace we played at in the late 80s compared to now.
The numbers bear this out: Michigan had 847 made field goals this season, compared to 1,197 in 87-88 and 1,325 in 88-89.
This brings up a related way to assess Morris's season: percentage of team field goals a player either assists or scores--a measure I first saw used in a Wall Street Journal article from February. His 201 field goals and 235 assists mean Morris was involved in 436 of the team's field goals--or 51.5% of the 847 total.
- Robinson in 88-89 was involved in 432 of his team's field goals (199 FGs + 233 assists), or 32.6% of the team total
- Grant in 87-88 was involved in 503 of his team's field goals (269 FGs + 234 assists), or 42% of the team total
Note that when the WSJ did their analysis of this statistic to determine what they called "backcourt MVPs," Morris came out on top among players from the top 10 conferences in the country.
Morris set another Michigan record this year: most 10-plus assist games in a season. He had seven of those, which topped the six each that Grant and Robinson totaled in the same seasons noted above.
As I mentioned in the other thread, if Morris can manage to put together another season like this one next year, he'll have to be considered one of the top point guards in Michigan history.
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EDIT: Now includes sanitzed Men's Tees, for, well, older nicer people. :)
On now catch the last 20 minutes if you haven't seen it yet. It's a great watch, and reflects very well on Darius.
From the News, Darius Morris will have a feature on him on this week's Journey.
Sounds like it's going to be a good feature. As a warning, they're going to feature the Wisconsin game prominently as well. So that's going to be fun to watch again.
Also, more coverage on that story from AnnArbor.com. I know there was a topic on this somewhere but couldn't find it again.
*Edit- Man, linking now looks so much less obvious
For all the rumor mongerers about Darius leaning towards going the nba:
They don't ask him about the NBA, they only ask him about how exciting it is to have such a young team playing well, and Darius says that everyone will be back.
First triple double against big ten competition in UM history! Congrats to Darius and to the team which played real well (on offense) today.