Dribble and Drives: Grady Quietly Provides Spark Off the Bench

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 10 -- Grady Quietly Provides Spark Off the Bench

Amid all of the spectacular individual performances in Michigan's 81-73 victory over fourth-ranked Duke last Saturday, from DeShawn Sims' incredible 28 point, 12 rebounds effort, to Manny Harris' 17 points, capped by a high-flying exclamation point dunk, and Zack Novak's clutch 14 point, four three-pointer contest, perhaps the steady play of sophomore point guard Kelvin Grady got a bit lost in the shuffle.

Grady came off the bench to guide the Maize and Blue attack for 28 minutes, dishing out four assists while committing no turnovers and chipping in nine points for the Wolverines.

Weve been working and will continue to work to seize opportunities like that," said Grady. "They don't come a lot but when they do come we want to take advantage of them. We want to continue to move along with our season and improve in many different areas."

The contest against the Blue Devils capped a week that saw the Grand Rapids, Mich. native average 10.0 points and commit no turnovers in 50 minutes against a pair of tough ACC foes.

"I'm just having fun," said Grady. "Coach is continuing to critique me, he's not given up on me, the guys aren't giving up on me and we're having fun. I feel like the team chemistry is great, we're becoming consistent and I think that is going to be huge for us this season."

Grady has been one of those consistent performers thus far for the Maize and Blue. Through the first eight games of the season, Grady has come off the bench to average 22.3 minutes per game and has a 3:1 assist-to-turnover ratio, something Grady credits to the focus placed on turnovers each day in practice.

"Coach Beilein is huge on turnovers. In practice he continues to stress that with the point guards and with all of the players. That goes on to the floor in the games and I think that has been huge, the focus on turnovers and not turning the ball over."

After making 25 starts last season as a freshman, Grady has adjusted to his new role coming off the bench for the Maize and Blue.

"We watch a lot of film, so I already pretty much know what is going on with the other team, but to be able to sit on the bench and see what is going on is huge," said Grady. "To see which players are doing what, on our team and on the other team, to see what I can contribute and what is not being done that I can bring to the floor."

While the buzz of last Saturday's victory over Duke still reverberates around campus in Ann Arbor, Grady and his teammates continue to focus on what lies ahead. Not just in the next game, but each and every day in practice.

"The rest of the games are important, but right now we are just focused on today," said Grady. "We are going to practice today, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and we are going to get ready for Eastern (Michigan) and continue to work our way up the ladder. It's important for us to take it day-by-day. Right now we are doing well, but we are not even close to where we want to be. In order to get there we have to take it day-by-day."

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