It's Teske Time
Michigan heads into this week's Maui Invitational with a 3-0 record in body-bag games. There's a good chance you haven't seen too much of this team yet; two of those games were on the dreaded subscription-only BTN-Plus stream.
As expected, this young team still has a lot to figure out. Neither Zavier Simpson nor Jaaron Simmons have taken control of the point guard position. Charles Matthews's scoring, and seemingly his confidence in his jumper, has waxed and waned. The offense, as it often does early in the season under John Beilein, looks disjointed, and the team is connecting on only 32.9% of their three-pointers.
We do, however, have a definitive answer to one looming preseason question. Jon Teske removed all doubt about his standing on the depth chart with a ten-point, 11-rebound outburst against Southern Miss, going a perfect 5-for-5 from the field in 15 KenPom MVP-worthy minutes. Competition caveats abound, of course—bold prediction: Teske doesn't shoot 100% in most games—but USM at least fielded a 6'11", 260-pound center. Here's Teske eating that center alive:
Before getting into the serious analysis, some Small Sample Size Theater with Teske's early-season stats:
- He's shooting 100% from the field and 80% from the line with an 83.3 free throw rate.
- He's posting a 19.3 offensive rebound % and 37.9 defensive rebound %.
- His 7.7% block rate would be Michigan's best over a full season since Ekpe Udoh in 2009-10.
- According to Synergy, Teske has used nine possessions, including assists. Michigan is averaging 2.11 points on those possessions.
Pretty, pretty good.
[Hit THE JUMP for a bunch more Teske GIFs, Z's lockdown defense, and more.]