Michigan received some big news on Wednesday.

Eli Brooks announced that he will be returning to Michigan for a fifth season, taking advantage of the NCAA’s additional year of eligibility for all winter student-athletes. The basketball program’s official Twitter account said that Brooks met with head coach Juwan Howard and accepted the additional year of eligibility.

Brooks was a captain for the Wolverines last season, helping lead the program to a B1G regular season title and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. In Howard’s second season as head coach, Michigan reached the Elite Eight.

Brooks has played in 125 career games at Michigan, making 69 starts. Last season, he averaged 31 minutes per contest and scored 9.5 points, grabbed 3.1 rebounds and accounted for 3.1 assists per game.

Two seasons ago, Brooks posted the best scoring average of his career at 10.6 points per contest. He also averaged 3.7 boards per game in his first year as a regular starter for the program.

Over the course of his four seasons, Brooks is averaging 5.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. He’ll provide Howard’s squad with the much-needed talent and experience needed during the 2021-22 season, especially with departures of Mike Smith, Chaundee Brown and (likely) Franz Wagner.

Michigan will also need Brooks’ strong shooting, converting on 40% of his field goal attempts in his career and knocking down better than 35% of his shots from the 3-point line the past two seasons.