Boys basketball player of the year: Lake Central’s Glenn Robinson III
By John O’Malley Post-Tribune correspondent March 29, 2012 11:22PM
Glenn Robinson III at Lake Central High School on Monday March 26, 2012. | Jim Karczewski~forSun-Times Media
Updated: May 1, 2012 8:26AM
ST. JOHN — Glenn Robinson III is headed to New Orleans today to play for the North team in Sunday’s All-American Championships.
The Lake Central standout, an Associated Press all-state second-team selection, is looking forward to representing his school and the Hoosier State on his extended weekend in the Big Easy.
“I’m very excited,’’ Robinson said. “It’s a great honor to be in that game with a lot of elite players. It’s going to be a lot of fun. Maybe some of those guys in the (NCAA) Final Four will be there watching us, or they might watch it on TV (2 p.m. Sunday, ESPN3) so I’m really looking forward to it.’’
Robinson — the Post-Tribune’s Boys Basketball Player of the Year — is also looking forward to playing college ball at Michigan, along with Mitch McGary, a former Chesterton standout who will play for the East team this weekend in New Orleans.
“I know it will be a challenge, but I love challenges,’’ he said. “I’m looking forward to getting up there (June 25) and working as hard as I can to earn my spot. It will be a lot different, but I’m ready for that.’’
In leading Lake Central (21-3) to its first sectional title since 1997, and the program’s first-ever Duneland Athletic Conference hoops crown, Robinson averaged 21.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.1 steals, while shooting 53 percent from the floor and 73 percent from the stripe.
Indiana Basketball News recognized his talents by naming Robinson the state’s Most Valuable Player.
“Glenn’s one of the best players in the state,’’ LC coach Dave Milausnic said. “I wouldn’t trade him for anybody. He was the face of this program.’’
Robinson finished his career with 1,318 points, 423 rebounds and 174 assists, while becoming the school’s all-time scoring leader.
Despite his remarkable talent, earning a spot on the North’s team for Sunday’s All-American Championship, was anything but simple for Robinson when he arrived for his freshman year at LC from Grimmer Middle School.
Robinson’s hard work and willingness to accept coaching helped him become a dominant player for the Indians.
“I’d like to thank Coach Milausnic for all he’s done for me, because I wouldn’t be in this position if not for him,’’ Robinson said. “When I think back three years ago, I was shooting with two hands. Coach helped me fix that. He got me in the gym almost every morning at 5:30, and worked with me. I didn’t want to do it at times, but I needed to.
“A lot of kids come into high school thinking it’s going to be a breeze. Coach stayed on me about my grades and off-the-court things. He was like a father figure to me.’’
Milausnic said Robinson has really worked at becoming “a much improved student” the past couple of years.
“I’ve been on the honor roll so far this year, and last year, too,’’ he said. “Last quarter, I had a 3.4 (GPA). As I’ve matured, I know I have to stay on top of things, because coach won’t always be there. My mom (Shantelle) won’t always be there. I have to know how to do it myself.’’
Milausnic said Robinson’s ability to accept coaching and make adjustments in his game helped him grow as a player.
“Glenn’s one of those coachable kids,’’ he said. “Every coach is going to preach good, fundamental shooting. It just comes down to the kid. Glenn’s always been willing to put in the work to get better in areas that are weak. Some kids don’t like to work on their weaknesses — the great ones do. The great ones will say this doesn’t feel comfortable, but the next day, they’ll go out and work on it — as opposed to just focusing on things that feel good. Ultimately, Glenn worked toward being the player he was always capable of becoming.’’
Milausnic was asked if he thought Robinson would enjoy a fruitful career at Michigan.
“Michigan is very wing-oriented, which is conducive to Glenn’s play,’’ he said. “I can see that style being very advantageous to Glenn.
“We’ll be excited to watch his progress. Whatever happens, we’re in full support of him, but we also know that Glenn’s going to do whatever it takes to be successful. What that entails, I don’t know exactly, but we’re excited about the next phase of his life.’’