Thursday, November 7, 2013
Is Glenn Robinson III a lottery lock?
By Joe Kaiser
As college basketball season is now virtually here, Michigan sophomore Glenn Robinson III is up to No. 12 on Chad Ford's updated Big Board, and on Thursday Ford listed him as the fifth-best wing player in the draft. That doesn't make Robinson a lock to be a lottery pick next June, but Ford isn't the only one who views him so favorably.
Count ESPN's Jeff Goodman as another. On a podcast with NBADraftInsider.com on Wednesday, Goodman singled out the Michigan sophomore as one player he expects to make a big leap from his freshman year.
"I really think he's going to have a breakout year this year, I really do ..." Goodman said. "He was a guy who kind of just played his role last year. Everybody kind of wondered: Can he shoot it? Is he aggressive enough? I still have those concerns, but I think his shot's gotten a lot better. I saw him a few weeks back in Ann Arbor and I really liked him, and I think (him) playing more at the 3 -- remember last year, he played so much at the 4 -- will help him as well in his adjustment. I think he'll be a guy that a lot of people will really take notice of more this year."
One thing to watch in the months ahead that could directly impact Robinson's draft stock is the play of other highly regarded first-round hopefuls like Wisconsin's Sam Dekker, Syracuse's Jerami Grant and Creighton's Doug McDermott. If one or more of those guys move ahead of GRIII on draft boards, there's a chance Robinson could slip out of the lottery.