Secret to Michigan basketball’s heady guards? They are sons of coaches


Why do opponents dislike Michigan forward Moritz Wagner? He answers the question Friday, March 30 at the Final Four in San Antonio, Texas.
Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press

SAN ANTONIO — Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman has an old soul, like an old coach lives inside him.

He carries himself with ease.

Calm and composed.

Never flustered.

Which will be an important key on Saturday night when Michigan plays Loyola-Chicago in the Final Four.

It’s hard to imagine the moment will be too big for him.

“I’ll be excited to play but I’ll try to stick to what I know, and that’s being even-keeled and being ready for anything,” Abdur-Rahkman said.

Spoken like a coach.

Or at least, the son of a coach.

Abdur-Rahkman has grown up on a basketball court. His father, Dawud Abdur-Rahkman, is the head coach at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Schnecksville, Pa.

“When he was a kid, I was

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