With head coach Mike Maker leaving Williams College to take the head coaching job at Marist, 6-foot-8 wing Duncan Robinson made the decision to entertain the possibility of transferring. And as written on this site by Terrence Payne last week Robinson received many calls from Division I programs, as he averaged 17.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game as a freshman.
Wednesday afternoon Robinson revealed his decision via Twitter, as he’s decided to transfer to Michigan. Robinson will have to sit out the 2014-15 season per NCAA transfer rules, but his skill set is a good fit for John Beilein’s offensive system.
I am proud to announce that I'll be transferring to the University of Michigan. Proud to be a Wolverine! #GoBlue 〽️
Davidson was the other school being considered by Robinson, with academics being an important reason as to why those two schools were possible options had he decided to leave Williams.
“I really made the decision that the only schools that were worth leaving Williams — because I value Williams so much — would be a school that competes at a really high level and one that is great academically,” Robinson told Payne last week. “With that in mind, I weeded out a lot of those options and it came down to those two.”
Among the options Michigan currently has on the wing are junior Caris LeVert, sophomore Zak Irvin and freshman Kameron Chatman. All three would have eligibility remaining in 2015-16, but given the steps taken in past years by the likes of Trey Burke (2013 Big Ten Player of the Year), Tim Hardaway Jr. and Nik Stauskas (2014 Big Ten Player of the Year) there’s no guarantee that all would be back in Ann Arbor for that season.
Michigan’s history of player development under Beilein is also one reason why Robinson’s move from the Division III level could end up being a “profitable” one for both parties. Robinson will have a year to digest the system while helping the Wolverines out on their scout team, so it will be interesting to see what the result is when he’s eligible to play in games.
Arizona commit Terrance Ferguson has been known as one of the best dunkers in the country for the last few years. So you knew the 6-foot-6 wing was going to attempt the latest internet dunk craze that’s been going around.
Some call it the, “5-point play” in which the dunker makes a 3-pointer and immediately sprints following the shot release to catch the make for an under-the-legs dunk.
It’s as tough as it sounds and Ferguson makes it look easy.
Bol Bol is the son of former NBA center Manute Bol, and the younger Bol is earning quite a bit of attention himself as a five-star prospect in the Class of 2018.
The 6-foot-11 Bol showed off some of his freakish coordination and athleticism on Friday night, by ripping a steal and taking it coast-to-coast for an under-the-legs dunk in the middle of a game at the Jayhawk Invitational.
Bol will be one of the players to watch this spring as he plays with KC Run GMC.
Iowa State guard Naz Mitrou-Long gets hardship waiver to play additional year
“Everything happens for a reason and although it hurt to not be able to play for a group of guys I loved last year, my body needed time to recover and that time off allowed me to feel the best I’ve felt since my freshman year,” Mitrou-Long said in the release. “I’m glad I’ll be able to play for the best fans in the country and represent the name on the front of my jersey, Iowa State, one more year. Words can’t describe this feeling. Cyclone Nation, be ready for a special year.”
The 6-foot-4 Long played in eight games last season for Iowa State as he averaged 12 points per game. He missed the rest of the season to deal with pain in his surgically repaired hips. Mitrou-Long has been a very effective three-point shooter during his career at Iowa State and he should be a nice option to have for next season if he’s healthy.
CIAA will stay in North Carolina despite state’s LGBT law
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association says it won’t move its headquarters, its basketball tournament or other conference championships from North Carolina, despite the state’s controversial new LGBT law.
The CIAA said in a statement Thursday that it will instead partner with the NCAA to educate its members on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues as it does on other issues, like graduation rates and concussion management.
The Charlotte Observer reports that the CIAA, the oldest African-American sports conference in the U.S., has hosted its annual basketball tournament in Charlotte since 2006 and announced it was moving its headquarters to Charlotte from Virginia in 2015.
The CIAA said Thursday that it will continue to “monitor the issues,” as it has since House Bill 2 passed.
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