Smooth Glenn Robinson III picking things up very quickly for Michigan early on
ANN ARBOR -- Mitch McGary has played with Glenn Robinson III for years.
So, when the hulking Michigan freshman forward sees Robinson, his best friend and classmate, effortlessly drop in 3-pointers and finish at the rim, he's not surprised.
For most college freshmen, this isn't easy. But through two exhibitions, Robinson's made it look simple just about every step of the way.
"That's normal G," McGary said Monday's 76-48 exhibition win over Saginaw Valley State. "This is normal for him."
Robinson's normal on Monday couldn't have looked any easier. He led all scorers with 17 points on 7 of 9 shooting, making three of his five 3-point attempts.
And, for the second straight outing, he did damage with a smoothness that few freshmen posses.
"I've got the nerves out," Robinson said afterward. "I know I'm getting way better at the offense than I was when I first came in.
"We all trust each other, and that's what we feed off of."
He ran the floor, filled lanes and finished at the basket. He led the team in scoring, even though it seemed like Michigan never once ran an offensive play for him.
It's early, but it's easy to see that Robinson's advanced beyond his years.
"Trey (Burke) was this way last year," Michigan coach John Beilein said. "They just pick up things easily. It comes easily to him, he learns it. There's another gear that I think he's got. Not on defense, he's got all the gears he needs on defense.
"But on offense, getting him to be more assertive and put more pressure on the rim."
Beilein also raved over Robinson's natural ability to defend before the season began, and hasn't stopped through two exhibitions this season.
He's absolutely entrenched in Michigan's starting lineup right now, and most of that hinges on his ability at the other end of the floor. On Monday, Robinson played all over the court -- he started at small forward, played some off-guard and even had his moments at power forward when Michigan went "small."
A five-star recruit, the 6-foot-6 Robinson was hyped in high school as a player who could finish in transition and make a difference at both ends of the floor with his athleticism -- but most weren't aware of his polish.
He's been a dead-eye shooter through two exhibitions, and Monday's performance even surprised some of his teammates.
"G-Rob, he shocked me today with his shooting," Burke said. "I knew he was a good shooter, but he wasn't missing anything."
Michigan's played two exhibition games, and everything will surely get more difficult as time goes on.
But so far, Robinson -- who won't turn 19 until January -- has made just about everything look easy.
"Glenn's just really good," Beilein said. "He's out there playing now, defensively. Offensively he lets the game come to him. He's got a good mix where he's so intense on defense, and offensively he's just patient."