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Posted on Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 11:27 a.m.

Michigan basketball signee Glenn Robinson III on verge of five-star status

By Nick Baumgardner

The majority of the Michigan basketball program's recruiting buzz surrounding the 2012 class has focused on power forward Mitch McGary.

And, rightfully so, as McGary is rated as a five-star prospect by two scouting services.

But he may soon have company.

On Sunday, listed 2012 Michigan signee Glenn Robinson III as the No. 1 player on a list of recruits most likely "to move up the Rivals150."

"The 6-foot-7 wing was knocking on the door of five-star status coming out of the summer," Rivals wrote. "This winter, he appears to be well on his way to busting that door down. He has size, a complete game and high level athleticism that all translates at a high level.

"His impact at Michigan should be immediate and sizable."

Robinson III, the son of former Purdue and NBA star Glenn Robinson, is rated as a four-star prospect by and the 34th-best prospect in America.

McGary dipped in both ESPN and's prospect rankings, falling to four-star status in ESPN's case, and sits as the No. 3 overall prospect in America, per Rivals.

Rivals rates Michigan's third 2012 signee, Canadian-born shooting guard Nik Stauskas, as a four-star prospect and the 79th-best player in the country.

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan basketball for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.

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Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 6:47 p.m.

What's the definition of a four-star vs. five-star player? Article's kinda confusing... ESPN dropped McGary as a five-star player, but Rivals lists him as the #3 HS player in the country? What does Rivals see that ESPN no longer sees? Or is McGary still viewed as one of the top players by ESPN, but he simply lost a star? Sorry if I'm turning this into rocket science!!


Tue, Feb 21, 2012 : 3:26 a.m.

McGary will be a really, really good player. Look what Beilein has done with Jordan Morgan. He's a fantastic coach and Mitch will benefit from that greatly. Hell, if he's not a superstar out of the gate, maybe that means we'll get 2 or 3 years out of him.


Mon, Feb 20, 2012 : 8:45 p.m.

McGary is averaging 11 points and 10 rebounds his senior year and has performed poorly in some marquee games. The services also realized he is a 5th year high school player who turned 19 last June and some how was still allowed to play in a 17 and under AAU league. So when he blew up last summer he was a 19 year old man playing against 15-17 year old boys. Rivals will drop out of the top 20 at some point too and he could fall further on the other services. He's still a big body to bring in next year, it's just kind of a red flag to be well over 20 years old as a college freshman. Robinson is a very good player though and by all accounts has a lot of potential and has had a good senior year. He'll have more of an impact and be a better player than McGary IMO.