ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Two gone, two back.
Michigan freshmen Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III took to the podium Thursday afternoon just one day after junior shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. declared for the 2013 NBA draft -- and the teammates, dating back to their AAU days, announced they’ll continue that connection after deciding to return for their sophomore seasons in Ann Arbor.
McGary and Robinson III, likely lottery picks in the 2013 NBA draft, put those dreams on hold and couldn’t be more thrilled about leading the 2013-14 Wolverines.
“After gathering all the information and sitting down with my family, I have decided to continue my career at the University of Michigan," said McGary. "There is still plenty for me to work on as both a player and person. Michigan is the right place for me to continue growing and I am excited about what lies ahead. In a short period of time, this university, this community and all the Wolverine fans have embraced me and I am truly thankful for that. I look forward to representing Michigan with my teammates and to becoming a leader of this team."
"I will be staying at Michigan after careful thought and consideration," said Robinson III. "This past season was an unbelievable journey and a great learning experience for me. I still have a lot of areas to develop in my game and I am looking forward to doing that at Michigan with this coaching staff and my teammates."
Obviously excited about McGary and Robinson III returning for one more season at least, Beilein and the coaching staff offered their insight, opinion, and facts but left the final decisions to the players themselves and their family.
“It was important we gave Glenn and Mitch, and their families, as much time as they needed to make the best and most informed decision they could with all the information they gathered," said Michigan coach John Beilein. "We are excited to see them coming back. Both are a joy to coach and their enthusiasm, work ethic and passion for Michigan is second to none. They improved throughout the season and have only scratched the surface of their potential as players and leaders."
Playing in all 39 games as a freshman, McGary’s production hit a new high in an NCAA tournament run that saw him average 14.3 points per game, 10.7 rebounds, while shooting 67.8 percent from the field.
Robinson III, also playing all 39 games, was named All-Big Ten honorable mention and on the Big Ten’s All-Freshman team averaging 11 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.0 steals, shooting 57.2 percent from the field.