Glenn Robinson III becomes the fourth son of an NBA player to commit to Michigan basketball
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Now, a year later, the high school junior has grown and played himself into a scholarship offer from the Michigan basketball team. He verbally accepted it Tuesday, becoming the first member of the Wolverines’ class of 2012.
“He has a very, very good pull-up jumper, gets to the rim, finishes around the rim,” Robinson's high school coach, Dave Milausnic, said Tuesday night. “And he’s only getting better.
“You’re getting a player with a real high ceiling.”
Michigan is also getting a player with some more room to grow. Milausnic said Robinson grew an inch-and-a-half in the past year. He said Robinson was “a shade under” 6-foot-4 during most of last season.
Now, he’s 6-foot-5 Â½ and, in Milausnic's estimation, could end up as tall as 6-foot-7.
While Robinson is adding the size, he already had the pedigree. He’s the son of former Purdue All-American and NBA All-Star Glenn Robinson.
By the time Robinson III arrives on campus, he will be the fourth player with NBA bloodlines on the Michigan roster, joining guard Jordan Dumars, swingman Tim Hardaway Jr and forward Jon Horford.
Tom Peller, who coached Michigan junior Zack Novak at Chesterton (Ind.) High School, coached against the younger Robinson last year. When Peller was an assistant at Merrillville (Ind.) High, he coached against the older Robinson.
He said the younger Robinson isn't at his father's level yet. But said it isn't out of the realm of possibility.
“The quickness, jumping quickly, jumping height, running the floor," Peller said of Robinson III. "He scores a lot on athleticism right now.
"...He has some potential to do some great things later on. I coached against him as a sophomore. He's good."
Robinson, rated a three-star recruit by Scout.com, averaged 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2.5 assists last year for Lake Central in his first full year on varsity.
With two years of high school to go before he reaches Michigan, he also has room to both grow and improve.
“I think his aggressiveness as far as, gosh, there are times when he makes an extra pass when you want him to take it to the rim,” Milasunic said. “He can really take over the game with his length when he’s not scoring with tip-ins and offensive rebounds and deflections.
“He’s still trying to figure that out.”
According to Rivals.com, Robinson committed to Michigan over scholarship offers from Colorado, Valparaiso, Missouri State and others.