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By: Isaiah Hole March 22, Michigan came away with a point, victory over Montana in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament in Des Moines, and while the Wolverines led wire-to-wire, there were many things to take away from this game. Given that it was the 2-seed vs.

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That makes Tuesday a rare sneak peek for fans to see them in action. Gaskin was a three-star recruit by both ESPN and Sports and was rated as the 37th-best prospect in the state of California coming out of high school. After averaging Steadman was the best player on the floor each of the past two seasons at San Jose State, leading the Spartans for scoring He ranked third in the Mountain West for shooting.

The guard from California wowed fans with his speed and leaping ability, giving them an idea of what was in store.

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They then had to wait, as Egun redshirted through the season. On Tuesday, he again will suit up for the scrimmage, before taking on an expected large role for the Griz this season. He competes hard and every day brings energy.

His ability to put the ball in the basket is another area we could use from him. Hopefully when the lights come on he makes shots the way he has in practice. He was expected to redshirt, but needing depth and a change in mid-November, DeCuire threw Anderson into the fire.

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DeCuire wishes he still had four years with Anderson, but the lessons he learned a season ago, while in action, will be invaluable during his sophomore campaign. Anderson played in 28 games, including the final 15, averaging 8.

He averaged 4.

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While DeCuire noted Anderson still might be a year away from where the staff would eventually like him to be, expect more growth and contributions from the Bozeman product. He had the best summer of all of our down-low guys, so we have high expectations for him.

What will the rotation look like? After Montana graduated nearly 75 percent of its minutes played and lost five of its six most-used starters, there are spots up for grabs.

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DeCuire also expects Anderson to see plenty of time down low. The rest, though, could be trial and error. For a young group, DeCuire noted that a variety of factors can influence the rotation, including matchups, who has confidence and even the idea that some guys perform better coming off of the bench.

The Grizzlies also return Brown, a sophomore, and Egun, a redshirt freshman, while welcoming in five players who can see the court this fall. Among that group is a trio of highly talented freshmen from California — Carter-Hollinger, Owens and Vazquez — who all scored 1, points through their illustrious prep careers.

The thing that has stood out so far is the offense Montana has held two intrasquad scrimmages this month, and will have two upcoming against fellow Division-I teams. Through two intrasquad scrimmages thus far, the biggest thing DeCuire has noticed is where the offense is at.

For us, these next few months are about trying to grow as quickly as we can and being the best basketball team we can be in the last week of December.

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