It was during the first week of August, that guard/forward Duncan Robinson made the announcement that he would be transferring from Williams College a division III school in Williamstown, Massachusetts, to play for the Wolverines under head coach John Beliene in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
After patiently waiting, head coach John Beilein announced Wednesday, that Robinson had officially joined the program, making his transfer to the University of Michigan official along with his spot on the roster official.
“We feel very fortunate to add Duncan to our program at this time,” said Beilein. “We love his ability to play multiple positions while also stretching defenses with his three-point shooting. Duncan is a great fit for the University and our basketball program. It is going to be a pleasure to watch his game and his body develop in the years ahead.”
“This was an opportunity I just could not pass on,” said Robinson. “I have a lot of work to do both academically and athletically, however, Coach Beilein, the staff and the players have been incredibly welcoming and that has made the whole process much easier for me and my family. I am excited for what the future holds. It has been a really exciting transition and I can’t wait to help this program in any way that I can.”
Now I know there may some of you out there, who are skeptical about Robinson’s rare jump from Division III to Division I basketball, but I encourage you to not rush to judgement because at 6-foot-8, Robinson has plenty to offer this Michigan team.
What can he offer the Wolverines, you ask?
For one, he will give Michigan another sharp shooter, who can put it on the floor but at the same time, move well without the ball and shoot off screens. In fact, he shot 45 percent from three-point range while averaging 17 points and seven rebounds per game last season at Williams. Plus I really like the fact that he will also bring the versatility to play on the wing or in the post.
If you think I am exaggerating, you should know that Robinson not only averaged 17 points per game last season, but he also scored 548 total points to become the first Williams freshman to ever score 500-plus points in a season. Then if that’s not enough, he also posted 29 double figures scoring games, not to mention, eleven 20-plus point games.
Plus, you have to remember that Robinson also played under former Beilein assistant coach Mike Maker during his freshman year at Williams College. Although Maker is no longer the head coach there, since he has since left to go coach at Marist College, Maker has always spoken highly of Robinson even calling him “the most talented player that we’ve ever recruited,” once again solidifying that there is something special about Robinson.
Overall, I think he should prove to be a good fit in Beilein’s system, the only catch is that we will have to wait for the 2015-2016 season to see him action. Due to NCAA transfer regulations, he will have to sit out for the 2014-15 season but the good news is that he will have three years of eligibility remaining when he’s eligible in 2015-16.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit
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