ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Time to step it up.
That’s the plan for Glenn Robinson III anyways.
Robinson, who is entering his sophomore season as Michigan’s starting forward, will be looked as one of the primary scorers this basketball season for the Maize & Blue. He is coming off a brilliant freshman campaign, where he averaged 11.0 points and 5.41 rebounds per game. He started all 39 games for the Wolverines, as helped them achieve a 31-8 record and their first Final Four and NCAA Championship appearance since 1993.
But that was last season.
In order for Michigan to achieve such heights, Robinson is going to have to be one of the leaders of the team in not only leadership – but in scoring. Especially since the departure of Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. to the NBA.
At times last season, Robinson was a “no show” on offense and was never able to get in the flow of things. Whether it was his lack of aggression or just him being a freshman – he disappeared offensively on the court.
But this season is different, Robinson knows he has to be more aggressive offensively and says he has embraced the opportunity.
“That’s something I had to do in high school,” Robinson said on being more aggressive. “So I am used to having that position, having that role. I’m looking forward to this season.
“But we also have multiple guys who can do that (too.) We have Caris (LeVert), we have Nik (Stauskas), we have myself, Spike (Albrecht). A lot of guys who can create their own shots and create a lot of different opportunities for this team.”
At 6-foot-6, 220-pounds, Robinson says he has gained four inches on his vertical since last season. He says his vertical leap is in the range of 45-46 inches and he can reach 12-foot-3 in the air. He also noted that you might see a new move or two once Michigan opens its season on Nov. 8 against UMass-Lowell.
“I don’t know – will see,” Robinson said. “I have been working hard in the gym on everything from ball handling to shooting. I’m just kind of ready to show that on the court. Show who I really am as a player.”