It was an elite battle as Gary Harris and Glenn Robinson matched up against each other in an early…
Signing Day Capsule: Glenn Robinson III
Small Forward – 6'5" – 175
Lake Central High School (St. Johns, IN)
National Rank: **** - Position Rank: 8
His Recruiting Story
A theme that had become rather apparent with John Beilein in his tenure as Michigan's head basketball coach has become that of finding players that he could develop who had famous basketball roots. Accepting a transfer from Joe Dumars son, Jordan, recruiting Jon Horford, the brother of Al who is in the NBA and recruiting Tim Hardaway Jr. who shares his namesake with his famous father, is that the NBA roots run deep within the players of his program. Glenn Robinson III is no different that his father with the same namesake, and Glenn has been dubbed "Little Big Dog."
GoBlueWolverine first noticed the young man in June of 2010 at Michigan's Elite basketball camp, writing on the website the following:
"This kid has big shoes to fill. The son of Glenn Robinson Jr., the former Purdue standout and NBA All-Star, has a game much like his Dad's. Just like the "Big Dog", Robinson III isn't a big time run-jump athlete, but at 6-5, 195 lbs. he is a skilled inside/outside player that can put it on the deck, is strong enough to finish amongst the trees, and can rebound in traffic. Also worthy of note is his in-between game. On a few occasions he showed a feathery touch on his runner. He took it right to a more athletic youngster in Kaleq Spicer, and got the better of the match-up. Glen is still growing and is a young man to certainly keep an eye on. Michigan certainly is."
Two months later, Michigan proved the GoBlueWolverine correct, by extending a scholarship offer to Little Big Dog, which immediately placed the Wolverines high on Robinson III's list.
"Yeah I just came down there this morning and took a tour and everything and at the end they offered," Robinson III told GBW at the time. "Coach Beilein was in there, Coach Meyer was in there, Coach Jordan; they all in there just sitting down and then after we got done with the film, he sat across from me and mom and started talking. He said earlier, I was telling you that I like to sit face to face and if I was offer him a scholarship and I want to offer him a scholarship now and sat it down there on the table. You have my number and just keep in contact with me. If you want to do it today, you can but there is not going to be any pressure on you. You do it whenever you feel like if you want to. I think he said, (you'd be a) great addition to this school and everything. Laid it (offer) on the table."
"A 9, 9.5. I really like them," Robinson III continued. "I like all the coaches. They good people and they really know how to do stuff down there. I really like Michigan and they are probably my #1 right now."
A month after that interview and scholarship offer, Robinson III made it official, by committing to the Wolverines in September of 2010.
"First I called my coach after I got done playing that I thought it was time and I wanted to do it," Robinson said. "After that I told my mom and my stepdad, my dad and grandma, and just went from there. I called Coach Beilein and told him. He was happy. He was real happy. He was on his way home and was talking to me. He told me he was excited and he was waiting for me to say this. I think he was pretty excited. It made his night."
"The reason I didn't tell anyone else (Monday) night or post it on Facebook was because I wanted to have time to tell the other coaches that had offered me. I wanted to let them know that I had made my decision and be respectful to them. I just wanted to thank them for coming to see me play and progress and everything. I just wanted to let them know before I put it out there to everybody."
Robinson III was also instrumental in landing Scout.com's number two rated player in Mitch McGary, as the two played AAU ball together and had become best friends. McGary had committed to the Wolverines in November of 2011.
Shortly after his commitment, Robinson III also enjoyed an extreme rise in the rankings, taking his game to the next level and proving that he was worth the attention that he had been getting, specifically from the Wolverines.
"As the summer wore on Robinson continued to get better," Scout.com's national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels wrote in September of 2011. "He doesn't play passively, as he did early in his career, and he's developed his frame. The 6-foot-6 wing may be one of the more underrated wing prospects in the country, as he's athletic, has developed his jump shot and is an improved scorer. Michigan is getting a difference maker in Robinson."
Also, as previously stated, Michigan landing Robinson, who is no slouch himself, went a long way in landing the elite level talent that is Mitch McGary.
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