As any fan of “Friends” knew, no one told you life was gonna be this way. These players have taken circuitous routes to this point, but they’re still standing, now upperclassmen trying to transcend on- and off-court disappointments and finish right.
Dwaun Anderson 6-4 Sr Wagner (Suttons Bay): He was Wagner’s only returning starter going into last season, but broke his foot in November causing his season to consist of a six-minute experiment in January. A member of Michigan’s 2011 high school class, Anderson will be the old head on a Wagner team that played five freshman in his absence. The one-time Mr. Basketball winner and MSU signee averaged 5.5 points and 3 rebounds per game on .363 shooting in 2014. As always, those numbers included some highlight dunks.
Carlton Brundidge 6-1 Sr Detroit (Southfield): His minutes were halved in his second season in Detroit. Brundidge, who signed with Michigan out of Southfield in 2011, had one double-digit scoring game, against Aquinas.
Percy Gibson 6-9 Sr Oakland (Detroit Southeastern): Former Iowa State assistant Cornell Mann hit a three-run homer while recruiting his home state to Ames, Monte Morris, which followed a pair of groundouts in Gibson and Sherron Dorsey-Walker, who followed Gibson’s exodus to Oakland. In his final season at Iowa State Gibson appeared in 14 games to average 1.2 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. There won’t be a repeat in Rochester Hills, where there are Corey Petros’ 36 minutes to fill at center.
Chris Harrison-Docks 6-0 Jr Butler (Okemos): Harrison-Docks followed up his Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year campaign by leading WKU in minutes to average 11.1 points. This needs to be the season his assist-turnover ratio reaches college point guard caliber. Harrison-Docks signed with Butler out of Okemos, but like Dwaun Anderson above in his abbreviated tenure at MSU, left the school before ever playing a game.
JD Tisdale 6-5 Jr Bowling Green (Swartz Creek): Maybe a third coach in as many years at Bowling Green, Michael Huger, will help Tisdale turn it on at the midway point of his career. Once a member in good standing of Michigan’s loaded 2013 class, he scored less than a point a game as a sophomore while racking up 16 DNPs to 17 games played. The numbers were down all around, but for his free throw percentage improving from .356 to .636.