Robinson and Moore Make Season Debuts
Sophomores Bernard Robinson Jr. (Washington, D.C./New Hampton Prep [N.H.]) and Josh Moore (Newark, N.J./St. Thomas More Prep [Conn.]) saw their first action of the 2001-02 preseason, contributing 13 and three points, respectively.
Presence in the Paint
Senior Chris Young (Plymouth, Mich./Catholic Central HS) paced the Wolverine offensive attack with a team-high 16 points, chipping in five rebounds and a blocked shot. On the defensive end, Young was able to draw one of the three offensive charges whistled against the Nike Elite.
In only his second game with the Wolverines, freshman Chuck Bailey (Detroit, Mich./Martin Luther King HS) made his first appearance in the staring lineup. Bailey led the Wolverines with nine rebounds and electrified the crowd with a pair of alley-oop finishes from Avery Queen (Moreno Valley, Calif./Redemption Christian Academy [N.Y.]) and fellow freshman Dommanic Ingerson (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara HS).
Triple the Pleasure
Sophomore Avery Queen, who started the game at point guard, hit three three-pointers, matching his regular-season career high. Queen has connected on a career-high three from outside the arc on four other occasions, the last time being on Jan. 3, 2001, against Purdue.
No Mo' Mono
Sophomore Bernard Robinson Jr. got his first test of the preseason in the game against Nike Elite after recovering from a summer bout of mononucleosis. Robinson finished with 23 minutes, in which he scored 13 points and grabbed two rebounds. Robinson delighted the crowd with an impressive dunk and wrap-around layup during Michigan's second-half surge.
Young and the Restless
After leading the Big Ten Conference in field goal percentage at 64 percent last season, Chris Young has not given up that pace. Through Michigan's two preseason exhibitions, Young has shot 14-of-20 from the field, converting 70 percent of his shots. In the two games, Young has totaled 31 points, 10 boards and four blocked shots.
Bringing Up Bailey
Freshman forward Chuck Bailey has gotten off to a successful start in his Wolverine career. In the two preseason games with Michigan, Bailey has shot 7-of-12 from the field (58 percent). He amassed 17 points and 16 rebounds in his inaugural exhibition season.
What's Your Favorite Dish
Avery Queen, on the court for a team-high 36 minutes, also led the Wolverines with six assists against Nike Elite. It was the second straight game the sophomore point guard registered a six-assist performance this preseason.
New Stage for the Rage
This afternoon's game vs. Nike Elite was the first time the Maize Rage student group was able to watch the game from its new home behind the scorer's table. Last year, the Rage was spread out along the upper bowl of Crisler Arena.
Get Well, LaVell
Junior LaVell Blanchard (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer HS) missed the game against Nike Elite with a sprained left ankle. He sustained the injury in a Saturday workout. Blanchard missed significant minutes in last week's exhibition game with an injury to his right ankle.
Michigan has yet to take the court with a full roster. The Wolverines have been without the services of juniors LaVell Blanchard and Colin Dill (Saginaw, Mich./Birmingham Country Day) and sophomores Josh Moore and Bernard Robinson Jr. for portions of the team's two exhibition games this season.