Plenty of college basketball teams across the country have been warming up with exhibition matches for the past few weeks before the regular season starts. On Friday night, in their exhibition match against Ferris State, Michigan guard Kobe Bufkin made sure he’s a name that fans remember after he put a Ferris State defender on a poster.
Check it out as the Ferris State defender leaps in the air, Bufkin cocks the ball back and sends it in emphatically.
Bufkin’s left-handed dunk was the highlight of the night for the Wolverines. He also pumped in 21 points in the easy victory. Coming out of Grand Rapids Christian (Grand Rapids, Michigan) Bufkin was rated as a four-star prospect and the No. 3 combo guard in the country, according to the On3 Consensus Rankings for the 2021 cycle.
Michigan did not play their starters much at all in the second half of Friday night’s game, but still cruised to an 88-75 victory. Jett Howard also had an excellent game, pumping in 30 points in the exhibition match. He led the team in scoring, connecting on 10 of his 12 attempts from the field. Howard also corralled four rebounds in just 22 minutes of action. He’s of course, the son of Michigan head coach Juwan Howard. He was rated as a four-star prospect and the No. 40 overall prospect in America, according to the On3 Consensus Rankings for the 2022 cycle.
Both Bufkin and Howard combined for 51 points and rested the final 13 minutes of the game.
Michigan’s lead ballooned to as many as 30 points at one point and it didn’t drop below 15 until the final few seconds of the game.
Michigan opens up their 2022 regular season on Monday, Nov. 7 with Purdue Fort Wayne. That one is set to tip-off at 6:30 PM EST. The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.