By JERAMY STOVER, Sports Editor
One of the additions to the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s men basketball team this season isn’t your typical freshman that needs grooming to the college game.
Jeff Cain is a senior that transferred from Aquinas College over the off-season. He averaged 4.5 points per game for the Saints in the 2014-15 season before missing last season.
His veteran presence and leadership qualities might be an even more important addition to the Wolverines than his skill set. Cain is one of just two seniors on the Wolverines roster, along with Marcus Williams.
Now that we’re 12 games into this season, Cain is now becoming more comfortable with his teammates on the floor which is helping the Wolverines be successful.
“I feel a lot more comfortable. I really credit that to my teammates and coach Langley, he’s instilled confidence in me, confidence that I lost for a second there and you know he stays on me just keep your head up, keep active, we believe in you and I think that I’ve found my way,” Cain said.
Cain is averaging 7.9 points per game this season starting in about half of the Wolverines’ games. He averaged 2.6 rebounds per game and is shooting 50 percent from the floor.
Cain’s best game has come in the Wolverines’ biggest one yet, a home win against at the time third-ranked Davenport. He scored 14 points and went 7-of-8 from the free throw line.
Wolverines head coach Taylor Langley says Cain not only brings leadership but a good defensive style of play to his team.
“He’s a senior. He understands how to play, he does a pretty good job of defending the basketball and he’s brought some experience with him,” Langley said.
It’s not just experience of playing collegiate basketball that Cain has brought to UM-Dearborn. It’s experience playing in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference that makes his addition even more valuable.
Cain has played against the WHAC for a season prior to his time at UM-Dearborn. He’s already gone up against their teams before and knows how difficult it is to go on the road and win in this conference.
With all of the experience Cain brings to the team he knows he has to continue to be one of the leaders on the Wolverines and try and help lead them all the way into the conference tournament.
“I try to bring a leadership quality but obviously I can do more, we’ve lost three games in the conference, two straight, that’s unacceptable that’s not what I’m used to so we’ll get it together,” Cain said.
Cain will have to wait a little longer to get a crack at his former team. The Wolverines first game against Aquinas comes on the road on Jan. 11.