Tuesday, January 22, 2013
How GRIII ended up in Ann Arbor
By Matt Giles
One would assume that Glenn Robinson III was hotly pursued by Purdue. His father starred for the Boilermakers roughly two decades ago, and while his progeny was not highly-ranked by recruiting analysts before ending his college recruitment, it would make sense if Purdue was the first to offer GRIII a scholarship.
However, it turns out Matt Painter actually did not extend a scholarship offer to the wing. According to Nick Baumgardner of MLive.com, Robinson was recruited by Painter and his staff but a lack of available scholarships ended the program's pursuit of GRIII, and he committed to Michigan before becoming a known -- and regarded -- player.
Robinson spent some time speaking with Baumgardner, and explained why he chose Michigan: "[The Michigan coaching staff] believed in me before anyone else really did, and that means a lot ... I believe some schools look too much into what a player is right now, and not what their potential could be." Although Robinson has slipped slightly in recent games, struggling against Minnesota and Ohio State, the Wolverines will need the wing to rebound quickly if the squad is going to continue bulldozing through the conference. Per Hoop-Math.com, the majority of Robinson's shot attempts come at the rim, and the freshman is a key target for Trey Burke.