A number of great guards have passed through Michigan’s program over the years, from Glen Rice to Trey Burke to Jalen Rose, among others. Wolverines coach John Beilein said senior Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman is in exclusive company right now.
John Beilein says he recently told Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman that he’s “playing as well as any guard who has played here.”
— Brendan F. Quinn (@BFQuinn) March 9, 2018
Perhaps Beilein has an argument. Abdur-Rahkman was integral to the team’s Big Ten Tournament championship run, scoring in double figures in three of the Wolverines’ four contests. And in Michigan’s 75-66 win over Purdue in the tournament final, Abdur-Rahkman scored 15 points on 4-for-8 shooting, in addition to recording 2 rebounds and 4 assists.
Abdur-Rahkman is averaging 12.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists for the Wolverines. After the senior scored 28 points in Michigan’s 85-61 win over Maryland on Feb. 24, Beilein compared Abdur-Rahkman to former Michigan guard Derrick Walton Jr., who averaged 19 points and 8 assists last March.