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Former Michigan basketball players record big numbers in new school debuts

In his first game at Arizona State, Frankie Collins scored more points than in his only season at Michigan.

The second point guard led all scorers with 21 points in a 62-59 win over Tarleton State on Monday, the first day of the 2022-23 college basketball season.

Collins wasn’t exactly efficient: he hit 8 for 24 from the field and 1 for 4 from the foul line. He went 4-of-11 on 3 points, which is more than he had in his entire Michigan season last year (he went 3-of-18).

Collins started and played 37 minutes – also a career record – with four assists, six turnovers and three steals. He was right in the middle of some key defensive play in the final 30 seconds as the Sun Devils narrowly avoided the comeback.

Collins averaged 11 minutes per game in 31 games for Michigan last season. He came off the bench all season until the NCAA Tournament opener against Coloradio State, during which he started in place of the injured DeVante’ Jones. Collins played well in that game and the next, a victory over Tennessee.

A month later, another point guard, Jaelin Llewellyn, was transferred from Princeton to Michigan. Collins entered the transfer portal the next day.

Michigan could play Arizona State on November 17 at the Legends Classic in New York. It’s a four-team tournament and both teams play the night before against other schools, the results of which will determine whether or not Collins faces his old school.

If he doesn’t, it means Brandon Johns Jr. will. The former Wolverine transferred to the VCU last offseason and scored 13 points in 26 minutes in a 73-56 win over Manhattan. He has achieved this scoring total only once in each of the past two seasons. On Monday, he started as a forward, shot 5 of 7 from the ground, including 1 of 2 deep, and added five rebounds.

The East Lansing native has played the last four seasons in Michigan but was given an extra year due to the NCAA’s COVID-19 exemption. He appeared in 31 games last season, playing nine games, averaging 3.2 points and two rebounds in 13.3 minutes per game. He played in 117 games for the Wolverines throughout his career.

Another former Wolverine, guard Zeb Jackson, is also in the VCU after spending the last two seasons on Ann Arbor. Jackson played 22 minutes off the bench on Monday and scored six points on 1-of-5 shooting.

Michigan also played on Monday, beating Purdue Fort Wayne 75-56 at home.

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