ANN ARBOR—What was once supposed to be a coming out party for the expanded game and role of future 2014 NBA first round draft pick Glenn Robinson III hasn’t exactly come to fruition just yet for John Beilein and the Wolverines early in the 2013-14 season.
Robinson III is still averaging just shy of 12 points per game and better than five rebounds, nearly identical numbers put up in 39 games played as a freshman, but his outside shot continues to struggle, now shooting just 25-percent (7-of-28 attempts) and coming off a very quiet eight point performance in Tuesday’s loss at Duke.
Not yet looking comfortable attacking in dribble drive situations, the fix isn’t a quick one for Robinson III in his development process but work is being done everyday.
“First of all, he’s a very good shooter and he hasn’t shot the ball well,” Beilein said. “He’s shooting 20 something percent from three and that’s a thing that he will fix but they are not playing, Duke played him and left him wide open and plugged up, played Nik, and kept their man in the paint and said we’re going to make Robinson beat us from the outside.
“Those are opportunities he’s got to take advantage of and we’ve got to find them as well.”
Last season Robinson III had the luxury of nabbing passes from National Player of the Year Trey Burke, now doing the same for his Utah Jazz teammates in the NBA.
Now, as Michigan continues to shuffle the ball around at point guard, Beilein believes the coaching staff and others can continue to look for Robinson III to make a similar impact in off the ball situations and in transition as his game grows.
“Glenn has been a residual player since the day he’s got here, he gets things,” Beilein said. “He is megatron, he can run around and make things happen all the time but there’s still certain areas he’s still working on so you can actually go to him, and we do it as much as we can do it.
“But it’s not a thing where all of the sudden he’s going to become this immediate ball screen player that is just the Tim Hardaway jump shot or the Trey -- he’s not there yet and he’s working at it and we won’t stop.”
Just eight games into the season a panic button certainly isn’t being sounded inside the William Davidson Player Development Center, just yet.
“He needs to do a lot of things more and he knows it,” Beilein added. “And he’s going to keep working on it.”