Glenn Robinson III, Mitch McGary to stay at Michigan rather than enter NBA draft
By Mike Hutton firstname.lastname@example.org/@MikeHutton April 18, 2013 1:12PM
ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 08: Chane Behanan #21 of the Louisville Cardinals goes up for a shot against Glenn Robinson III #1, Caris LeVert #23 and Mitch McGary #4 of the Michigan Wolverines in the second half during the 2013 NCAA Men's Final Four Championship at the Georgia Dome on April 8, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 162873864
Updated: April 18, 2013 10:18PM
Michigan should be a contender — again — at least for the Big Ten title, maybe more.
Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary announced Thursday afternoon that they both will return to Michigan for their sophomore seasons.
That move automatically makes the Wolverines one of the favorites for the Big Ten title next season.
The news that they were returning wasn’t unexpected. The loss of Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. to the NBA means that both McGary, who came on strong during Michigan’s NCAA run and Robinson, will play a more integral role in the upcoming season for Michigan.
Robinson, a 2012 Lake Central graduate, averaged 11 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game for the Wolverines, while McGary, a 6-11 center from Chesterton, averaged 7.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.
Robinson was projected as a lottery pick (top 16) by many analysts before the NCAA tournament started, but the 6-6 point forward’s stock had dropped slightly, according to some draft experts.
McGary, who didn’t start regularly until the NCAA tournament, exploded onto the radar with his postseason play. His personal highlight came when he scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds against Kansas in an overtime win in the Sweet 16.
McGary is a rare commodity —an ambidextrous big man who can run the floor, block shots and score in waves. Most analysts had him landing in the first round somewhere.
Robinson’s mother, Shantelle Clay, said that her son never told her he was returning but that the two talk every day and she knew he was coming back.
“Call it a mother’s intuition,” she said.
Clay had urged Robinson to return for at least one more season to have fun and enjoy it. She said that he had been overwhelmed by the process, which started the day after Michigan lost to Louisville in the national championship game.
“I’m very happy,” she said. “He needed to stay in school. He doesn’t need to worry about the NBA because that will be there for him. College is short. He needs to enjoy it.”
Clay said the fact that Burke and Hardaway were leaving didn’t factor into the decision.
“I think they probably knew that they were leaving a long time ago,” Clay said.
At a short press conference, McGary read a statement announcing that he was coming back and Robinson said he decided to return after researching his options.
“I decided to come back for another season and take this university on a ride we haven’t been on yet,” he said.