The Michigan Wolverines have been without the services of starting point guard DeVante’ Jones throughout most of the NCAA Tournament so far, with Jones playing 12 of 40 possible minutes in the team’s win Saturday over the Tennessee Volunteers.

Jones suffered a concussion in practice prior to the Tournament before returning to game action.

According to Head Coach Juwan Howard, Jones’ 12 minutes of play was “impressive” for someone coming back from such a difficult injury.

“…What he did in the first half was pretty impressive…no having practices, then coming out there and giving everything he could.”

Howard added that Jones was not available in the second half of the game, during which fellow guards Frankie Collins and Eli Brooks stepped up. Their play was a testament to the depth possessed by Howard’s Wolverines, but the hope is that Jones can return in time for Michigan’s Sweet 16 clash with Villanova on Thursday.

“I was told by my trainer at halftime that he couldn’t go in the second half, and that’s all I can tell you,” Howard said about Jones’ status on Saturday according to

“With that said, health is everything with us. It was hurtful to see that he couldn’t come back in the second half because this kid, he wanted to be a part of — he’s been living for this moment. First time being in the NCAA Tournament.”

DeVante Jones Gives Health Update on Twitter Account

Jones, the former Coastal Carolina transfer, said that he’s feeling good on his Twitter account early on Sunday evening.

He also was loving the Wolverines’ win over Tennessee, even though he couldn’t finish the game, as evidenced by another tweet.

A true team player, Jones had plenty of faith in backup PG Frankie Collins, a freshman from Nevada who has wowed fans with his solid defense on the perimeter and energetic all-around play.

Time will tell how much Jones will play on Thursday, but it’s a good sign for Michigan that the longtime starting point guard seems to be doing better.