Michigan basketball forward DeShawn Sims says his role is changing
After he hit 5 3-pointers against Houston Baptist on Nov. 20, DeShawn Sims said his 3-point percentage would shock people this season. Michigan basketball coach John Beilein said the senior forward essentially has carte blanche to shoot from the outside.
But he’s taking a bit of a switch to how he’s approaching things. Now he’s vowing to become more of a “glue” guy the rest of Michigan’s season, which continues tonight in the 11th annual Big Ten-ACC Challenge with a 7:30 p.m. home game against Boston College (4-2) that will be shown on ESPN2.
“It’s something that I feel I just have to take,” Sims said. “I took it in the Alabama game, and I loved it so it’s been, that’s been the reason I want to take it. It’s been so much fun, me playing, inside of the game having fun, hustling and knowing I am giving my all.
“It just is giving everything in my game more confidence.”
Sims scored 16 points and had 6 rebounds in Michigan's 68-66 loss to Alabama on Sunday. For the most part, Sims struggled from the field in the Old Spice Classic. He took at least 10 shots in each of Michigan’s 3 games. Yet he wasn’t content with his percentages, missing shots from both outside and inside the 3-point line.
Still, he’s looking to become more, well, more like sophomore Zack Novak, a guard who plays more like a post player with his diving and aggressive rebounding.
“I’m going to become more of a, I don’t know what they call them, but garbage guy,” Sims said. “I’m definitely taking Zack Novak’s role. We’re going to have to share that one.”