Michigan Basketball: Glenn Robinson III Is Wolverines' X-Factor

By Matthew Sturgeon
Glenn Robinson III, Michigan Wolverines
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Glenn Robinson III came to Ann Arbor last year with a boatload of expectations. He was widely regarded as a consensus top 20 recruit and was projected to be a future NBA lottery pick, and potential one and done college player as well. In a loaded Michigan recruiting class that also included the likes of Mitch McGary, Nik Stauskas and Caris LeVert, it was Robinson III who was the most highly thought of.

Now, it’s tough to say Robinson III has been a disappointment — he hasn’t been. But at the same time, it’s fair to believe that he hasn’t quite played up to his potential in now almost two years at Michigan.

Robinson III is unquestionably a tremendous talent, there’s no doubt about that. He possesses excellent athleticism and can leap with the best of them. It doesn’t hurt that he’s the son of the “Big Dog” either.

With that said, the 6-foot-6 sophomore has shown the ability to disappear at times, and that’s greatly frustrated many Wolverine fans. For a player with his athleticism and physique, Robinson III averages only 4.4 rebounds per game. There’s no reason why that number can’t and shouldn’t be higher. At times, his play looks soft and non-gressive.

Robinson III has obviously not developed into the first option for this Michigan basketball team, but the thing is, that’s okay. The Wolverines have two outstanding and very versatile offensive weapons in Stauskas and LeVert. That tandem is as good as anyone in the country and they are almost always going to get their points. In Ribinson III, U of M needs a guy who will consistently provide energy and hustle plays, because one, that’s what he’s good at, and two, those plays translate to wins.

Robinson III has shown both flashes of brilliance and causes for concern in his time at Michigan. Yesterday against Purdue though, he was the difference in keeping the Wolverines alone atop the Big Ten standings. He had 17 points and eight rebounds, and oh yeah, won the game on a buzzer-beater too.

Maybe this is exactly what Robinson III needed to get himself going. If he can give John Beilein consistent and quality minutes from hear on out, the Wolverines may very well find themselves in Dallas — again, back at the Final Four.

Matthew Sturgeon is a College Basketball Writer for RantSports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @OfficialSturg27

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