WWJ radio in Detroit reported today (April 14) that Glenn Robinson III has hired an agent and will enter the NBA draft, perhaps leading to Nik Stauskas and Mitch McGary to follow.
Michigan head coach John Beilein has been coincidentally hot on the recruiting trail, looking to fill the roster for the 2014-15 basketball season.
The Wolverines lost Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway from the 2012-13 squad that made an inspired tournament run before losing to Louisville in the NCAA final game.
Fell to Kentucky
This season, Beilein’s squad made it to the Elite Eight, before falling to Kentucky in the final seconds.
Many expected it would be Stauskas who would leave first, especially considering he was a first-team All-American and also became Michigan’s No. 1 scoring option.
A week ago, it was reported that Stauskas would be first, but he’s since retracted the report. McGary has been mum on his status.
Horford to transfer
Michigan also lost Jon Horford, a 6-10 reserve F/C, who won’t be back for his final year. Luckily, Beilein has commitments from a trio of front-court prospects. Kameron Chatman, a 6-7, 200 lb, small forward from Portland is expected to step into a starting role, while 6-7 Ricky Doyle and 6-9 D.J.Wilson might need more seasoning.
Definitely returning are 6-9 redshirt freshman Mark Donnal and 6-7 redshirt sophomore Max Bielfeldt, who has been used very sparingly. It’s certainly evident that without the return of Stauskas and/or McGary, Michigan could be in for a long season. To make matters worse, the Wolverines also lost center Jordan Morgan to graduate school.
Beilein, who’s now being revered as one of the nation’s finest coaches, is getting a quick education on rebuilding a team overnight. Teams like North Carolina, Louisville, Kentucky and Kansas have been fighting that dilemma for quite awhile.
Won Big Ten Title
After Burke and Hardaway left a year ago, Michigan was not even expected to challenge for the Big Ten (regular season) title, let alone win it.
WWJ broke the story locally which was based on an article submitted by Jake Fischer of the Boston Globe.
Robinson is the son of the NCAA and NBA star of the same name.