Men’s Basketball: Lake Central grad Glenn Robinson to enter NBA draft
The Associated Press April 15, 2014 4:02PM
FILE - In this March 20, 2014 file photo, Michigan forward Glenn Robinson III (1) goes up for a shot over Wofford forward Lee Skinner (34) during the first half of a game in Milwaukee. Sophomores Robinson and Nik Stauskas helped the Wolverines win the Big Ten title and reach an NCAA tournament regional final last season. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
Updated: May 17, 2014 6:39AM
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Lake Central graduate Glenn Robinson III has decided to enter the NBA draft.
Robinson, a sophomore, was joined by fellow sophomore Nik Stauskas in deciding to leave college for the NBA.
Robinson, whose father, Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson, played in the NBA after a collegiate career at Purdue University and legendary career at Gary Roosevelt High School, needed a little longer to decide whether to stay or go.
“I really didn’t make my decision until last night,” he said Tuesday.
“My dad has been through this whole process, so that was definitely a big help,” he said. “He stayed an extra year in college when he thought he wasn’t ready.”
Robinson said the NBA’s undergraduate advisory committee informed him he would be a first-round pick if he entered the draft and he chose to make the leap Monday night.
Nik Stauskas is also skipping his last two seasons at Michigan to enter the NBA draft.
Stauskas wouldn’t say what he was told, but he obviously liked the feedback from the advisory committee.
“I heard from the advisory board in the middle of last week, a couple days after that I really decided,” he said. “The information I got from them was kind of what I wanted to hear.”
Mitch McGary, a Chesterton native, has not decided if he will stay in school or go pro.
“Mitch is still gathering information,” coach John Beilein said. “He has all the way until the 27th to make a decision, so he’s looking at all the possibilities right now.”
McGary was not made available for interviews after his teammates had a news conference. He turned down a chance to enter the draft last year as a likely first-round pick and ended up having back surgery last season, putting his standing as an NBA prospect in doubt.
The Wolverines lost Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway to the NBA last year as underclassmen, but retooled well enough to win the Big Ten title and advance to an NCAA Tournament regional final.
Stauskas said he’s confident Michigan is strong enough to keep winning next season.
“I think we’re leaving this program in great hands,” Stauskas said as he looked toward his former teammates, who gathered to show their support for him and Robinson at their news conference.
The 6-foot-6 shooting guard became one of the nation’s most well-rounded offensive players, averaging 17.5 points and improving defensively and earning Big Ten player of the year honors last season.
The 6-6 Robinson came on strong toward the end of the season and finished with a 13.1 point average.
The pressure will now be on improving guard Caris LeVert to have another big season for Michigan next season. Derrick Walton and Zak Irvin — who both had their share of impressive moments as freshmen — will also have a chance to take on more leadership.
The Wolverines also will lose fifth-year senior Jordan Morgan, and Jon Horford is transferring.
Early departures have become the norm at Michigan now that the program has become a Big Ten power again. After going without a regular-season conference title since 1986, the Wolverines tied for first in 2012 and went on to reach the NCAA finals.
Thanks in part to Stauskas and Robinson, Michigan won a school-record 59 games over the last two seasons and lost just 17 times.