Glenn Robinson III hit a leaner over two Purdue defenders to give No. 16 Michigan a 77-76 overtime win over Purdue in West Lafayette on Wednesday night.
That shot is going to get him headlines, if for no reason other than the fact that his father — the Big Dog, Glenn Robinson — is one of Purdue’s most famous alumni. So while the bucket gave the Wolverines a win, and the win kept Michigan a game in front of Michigan State in the Big Ten standings, the bigger story here is that Robinson was, you know, the best player on the floor for the Wolverines.
Robinson finished with 17 points, eight boards and three assists on 7-for-11 shooting on a night when John Beilein’s two big-dogs — Nik Stauskas and Caris LeVert — combined to shoot 9-for-30 from the field.
That’s big for Michigan.
Robinson has all the talent in the world. He’s got the physical tools of a first round pick and the kind of range that will make intrigue many-a-GM with a lottery pick. But he’s got a bad habit of disappearing. He’s not all that aggressive and he has a bad habit of disappearing during big games, happy to pigeon-hole himself as a perimeter jump-shooter.
He can be more, and Michigan needs him to be more, especially on the nights where Stauskas and LeVert struggle with the amount of defensive attention that they are going to get. In the last two games, Robinson is averaging 16.0 points and 6.5 boards while shooting 13-for-23 from the floor with just four of those shot attempts coming from beyond the arc.
Michigan fans won’t complain if he stays hot.
Sunday evening Creighton got on the board in the Class of 2016, as 6-foor-4 combo guard Davion Mintz made his pledge to Greg McDermott’s program. Mintz made the decision on the tail end of his official visit to Creighton, picking the Bluejays over Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Tulsa and Wichita State.
News of Mintz’s commitment was first reported by Rick Lewis of the Phenom Hoop Report, with Mintz confirming the news via Twitter shortly thereafter.
Creighton has just two seniors on its current roster in guard Jams Milliken and forward Geoffrey Groselle, but that doesn’t mean they lack for experience. Among the guards on the roster who will be around when Mintz arrives on campus are redshirt juniors Maurice Watson Jr., Malik Albert, and Isaiah Zierden, and Kansas State transfer Marcus Foster will be eligible in 2016-17.
Mintz, who attends North Mecklenberg HS just outside of Charlotte, can play either on or off the basketball. Creighton’s veteran guards should help Mintz with his transition to the college game when he arrives in Omaha in 2016. Mintz played for the Charlotte Nets grassroots program this summer.
Three days after landing one power forward in Sagaba Konate, West Virginia received a verbal commitment from another big man Sunday evening.
6-foot-11 Mountain Mission School (Gurndy, Virginia) power forward Maciej Bender became the Mountaineers’ fourth commitment in the Class of 2016 on Sunday, with the Mountain Mission program announcing the news via Twitter. Bender is a native of Poland, and in addition to Konate he joins guards Brandon Knapper and Chase Harler in West Virginia’s 2016 recruiting class.
West Virginia will lose two forwards in TyQuane Goard and Jonathan Holton at the end of the 2015-16 season, and the additions of Konate and Bender will help the Mountaineers account for those departures from a depth standpoint. Bender can score around the basket, but he’s also capable of facing up and scoring in pick-and-pop situations out beyond the three-point line.
Bender officially visited West Virginia last weekend, and he was a player the WVU coaching staff wanted to get in the fold. Other programs to offer Bender included Arizona State (teammate Jethro Tshisumpa is an ASU commit), Georgia, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss and Providence. Bender played his grassroots basketball for the West Virginia Wildcats program this summer.