Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas both came in as freshmen to play for the Michigan Wolverines at the same time, and they will leave at the same time, too. The two sophomores have declared today that they will be foregoing their junior seasons and entering the 2014 NBA Draft.
Michigan press release: Stauskas and Robinson declare for NBA draft.
— Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) April 15, 2014
The move for the two sophomores makes it four players in the last two seasons to leave Michigan early for the NBA as Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. did so just one season prior.
After making their second straight appearance in the Elite Eight, Stauskas and Robinson III both decided that the NBA was calling and it was the smartest move for both to answer that call before it was too late.
For Robinson III, the NBA could have waited another year as he still didn’t live up to the elevated expectations placed on him before his freshman season. He was one of the best recruits in the nation coming in with crazy athleticism and potential, improving in most offensive categories in 2013-14 from his freshman season — except shooting percentages.
As for Stauskas, this has to be the best possible time to declare for the NBA as his stock has never been higher. Many people see him as just a shooter, but he can also drive to the hoop and play near the rim. He has some sneaky athleticism to go along with his 44.2 percent three-point accuracy.
Robinson III is projected as an early-to-mid second round selection while Stauskas is projected as a mid-to-late first round choice.
Michigan will, once again, have to replace two key stars next season.
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