NBA Draft Profile: Michigan's Glenn Robinson III

NBA Draft Profile: Michigan's Glenn Robinson III
June 21, 2014, 9:45 am
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Glenn Robinson III, 6-foot-7 small forward, Michigan

2013-14 stats: 13.1 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 1.2 APG, 75.7 FT%

The son of the former Bucks star and No. 1 overall draft pick by the same name, the younger Robinson might not have his father’s scoring ability, but he’s a more explosive athlete. He didn’t always make the best use of his athletic gifts in college, however, experiencing an inconsistent two-year career, though Michigan did have great success as a team. A wing with upside as a scorer and the physical tools to be a solid all-around contributor, the talent is there for Robinson, but his occasional lack of assertiveness will be closely scrutinized.

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Career highlights: The Northwest Indiana native was a freshman starter at power forward, averaging an even 11 points, 5.4 rebounds and a steal per game, while shooting 57.2 percent from the field, earning Big Ten all-freshman honors en route to the Wolverines’ national-championship game appearance. With teammates like Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. off to the NBA, he was expected to have an increased role as a sophomore, even as he continued to play out of position at power forward. Robinson posted per-game averages of 13.1 points and 4.4 rebounds, helping Michigan advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

Strengths: Equipped with an NBA-ready frame and athleticism, Robinson’s physical tools hint at the player he could one day become and has shown to be in small doses during his college career. More of a slasher, the selfless, team-first wing is a capable deep threat, but playing power forward, he used his quickness against traditional big men and his size when defended by smaller players, along with the versatility to defend multiple positions and contribute on the glass. However, Robinson thrives in transition and off penetration by teammates, as he’s better as a complementary player than a featured option, but his explosiveness and scoring potential give him the ability to do more, perhaps eventually reaching his high ceiling.

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Weaknesses: The main criticism of Robinson’s game is that he has a tendency to defer or worse, disappear, in contests, rather than asserting himself and using his talent to consistently make an impact. From a skill perspective, he also has some holes in his game, not possessing the ballhandling ability to create his own shot off the dribble and while he has a nice-looking stroke, his jumper hasn’t exactly been a model of consistency. There doesn’t seem to be an emphasis on being a go-to scorer and although there’s nothing wrong with being an athletic, defensive-minded player, Robinson’s potential indicates he can be more than that, even at the next level.

Draft projection: Depending on how he fares during the pre-draft workout process, Robinson could be selected anywhere from the mid-20s to the middle of the second round. The key to his future success will be whether he can harness his competitiveness and be a more aggressive offensive player, as well as polishing his perimeter and ball skills, but assuming he puts the work in, his selflessness, athletic profile and potential on the defensive end give him an opportunity to be a successful on a long-term basis as a professional. Robinson looks the part of rotation player and perhaps even a starting wing, but he’ll need to demonstrate his worthiness early in his career, which could begin with some time in the D-League to gain both experience and confidence.