Brandon Johns Jr. has had to step up in a big way. With Isaiah Livers sidelined, the junior has been bumped into a starting role for the NCAA Tournament.

So far, he’s done a pretty good job filling the void. Johns has been active on both ends of the floor, willing to do the little things to help Michigan win games. Through the first two games of the NCAA Tournament, he’s scored 18 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, blocked 3 shots and collected 2 steals.

Those are the numbers against Texas Southern and LSU on Michigan’s route to the Sweet 16. Right now, Johns says he’s playing with a ton of confidence.

“I think my confidence is at an all-time high,” Johns said, per

Johns’ increased confidence level comes at a great time. With matchups against Florida State in the Sweet 16 and potentially Alabama in the Elite Eight, Michigan needs everyone to step up if it wants to keep this incredible season alive.

Maybe there isn’t one statistical category that Johns has dominated yet, but he’s willing to do whatever it takes to help the Wolverines win.

“I’ve tried to focus more on playing my game rather than trying to play something else that I’m not — just trying to do what I know how to do, and that’s just give effort all the time on the court,” Johns said. “Take the open shot, be aggressive, draw fouls as much as I can. Doing anything I can to help my team win.”

For the season, Johns is averaging 4.5 points and 2.2 rebounds per game while shooting 51.3% from the floor. While his contributions were big throughout the season, it’s really the last two games that Michigan has benefited from his improved play the most.