Michigan’s Glenn Robinson making strong case for top Big Ten freshman
By John Mutka Post-Tribune senior correspondent December 10, 2012 10:30PM
Updated: January 12, 2013 6:20AM
Michigan is all on board(s) with Glenn Robinson III, who is making an early bid for Big Ten freshman of the year honors.
The unbeaten Wolverines are off to their best start since they won the 1989 national title with the Lake Central grad powering up on the glass. He is contributing 12.2 points and 6.7 rebounds.
Robinson’s 17-point binge against Arkansas inspired coach John Beilein’s 100th victory at Michigan. Teammate Mitch McGary (Chesterton), who stopped a second-half run with a tip-in, added six points and five rebounds in a 16-minute stint. Through nine games the freshman supersub is shooting 64 percent (23/36) and averaging 5.2 rebounds.
Speaking of rookies Jeremiah Jones (Merrillville) is averaging 7.3 points and 3.8 rebounds at Duquesne. His high was 15 points against Maine.
The 6-3 freshman started five of the Dukes’ first nine games. He is 10-for-11 from the free throw line.
Ta’Kenya Nixon (Michigan City) leads Eastern Illinois in assists (42) and steals (22). She is putting up 13.9 points and 5.8 rebounds for the Panthers, who have rebounded from an 0-2 start to win five of their last six, including two in overtime.
Poor free-throw shooting (10/22) is keeping Branden Dawson from making a greater impact at Michigan State. The Lew Wallace grad leads the 8-2 Spartans in steals (21) and is averaging 10.4 points and 5.5 rebounds.
Dawson is shooting a sizzling 61 percent from the field and has blocked 13 shots.
LaPorte native Greg Tonagel is in his eighth season as coach at Indiana Wesleyan. The Wildcats, off to a 12-1 start, will take an eight-game winning streak to a tournament in Honolulu next week. In women’s basketball IWU is 12-0.
Chris Bond (Gary/Bowman) posted a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds to help Ball State improve to 4-4 with a victory over South Dakota.
Wabash’s Austin O’Neal (Griffith) reversed an earlier loss to Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Shane Siefert with a 4-2 victory to claim the 197-pound title in the North Central tournament. It was his fourth win of the meet.
O”Neal also finished second in the Little State meet on Dec. 2.
Valparaiso running back Jake Hutson was named as the Pioneer League freshman Offensive Player of the Year. Hutson scored a team-high eight touchdowns to go along with 753 rushing yards, the highest single-season total by a Crusader since 2008. He averaged 83.8 yards per game and scored seven touchdowns.
Purdue lineman Kawaan Short (East Chicago) has been named the team’s defensive MVP for the second year in a row. He had 14.5 tackles for loss, blocked three field goals and an extra point.
Western Michigan’s Terry Davisson (Rensselaer) took a career-high 95 snaps against Kent State, then was hampered by a late-season injury at Buffalo. The two-year regular was listed as a center, but started at left tackle.
Ball State’s Bridgette Ruehl (Lowell) scored firsts in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events at the House of Champions meet in Indianapolis. She was clocked in 1:04.91 and 2:20.36. Madie Zirzow (Crown Point) placed second in 3-meter diving.
Valparaiso’s Taylor Root earned all-Midwest Region honors for the third straight year, which is a first for the program. She ranks fourth all-time in the NCAA for digs and was previously named the Horizon League defensive player of the year.