Michigan lands talented 6-foot-8 Division III transfer


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.

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.

VIDEOS: Rhode Island, Maryland exchange heated words in Cancun

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No. 2 Maryland finally found their rhythm on Wednesday night, blowing out a good Rhode Island team, 86-63, in the finals of the Cancun Challenge.

Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon combined for 34 points and eight assists on 13-for-14 shooting and Robert Carter added 15 points, nine boards, three assists and three blocks. Peak Maryland, which is what we saw tonight, is really dangerous.

But Peak Maryland wasn’t the story after the game, as tempers flared in the waning minutes.

It started when Maryland coach Mark Turgeon called a timeout with less than two minutes remaining. Jake Layman had just hit a three to put Maryland up by 24 points and Turgeon wanted to get his walk-ons in the game. Hurley said to the Maryland bench, “We’ll see you again, boy,” according to Inside Maryland Sports, which prompted this reaction from Turgeon:

After the game, the two teams had to be separated in layup lines. According to reports from IMS and from the Baltimore Sun, Hurley was cursing at Maryland players as he was shaking their hands after the game. According Doug Gottlieb, who called the game for CBS Sports Network, Trimble said that the Rhode Island team wanted to “fight us”:

Wayne Selden stars as Kansas wins the title in Maui

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The last time we wrote about Wayne Selden in this space, it was my colleague Scott Phillips who questioned, after a poor performance in the Champions Classic, whether or not Selden is capable of bring a primary scorer for a team with NCAA title aspirations.

At the time, it wasn’t an unfair question to ask.

Selden is a former top 15 recruit. He is a guy who was expected to go one-and-done that played poorly in the first big game of his third year on campus. But after three days it Maui, it appears that the old Wayne Selden is gone.

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He capped an MVP performance in the Maui Invitational with 25 points and seven boards on 8-for-11 shooting as the No. 5 Kansas Jayhawks knocked off No. 19 Vanderbilt, 70-63, in the title game. Selden was terrific for the entire weekend, averaging 21.5 points in the two games against Division I competition and shooting 12-for-17 from beyond the arc in the three game tournament.

It was the best that we’ve seen Selden play during his Jayhawk career, and it came in a game the Jayhawks desperately needed it. Vanderbilt is a damn good team. They’re ranked 19th, which may actually be too low, and they seem to clearly be the biggest challenger to Kentucky in the SEC. They jumped out to a double-digit lead on Kansas in the first half as the Jayhawks seemed to be sleep-walking early in the game.

Enter Selden. He drilled three threes in the first half and scored 13 of the 26 Jayhawk points to keep them close. In other words, he played like a star on a night Kansas desperately needed someone to step up and play like a star. Remember: this is a dude that had enough talent and potential in high school to be considered a McDonald’s All-American and a potential lottery pick. The ability is there:

(That move is filthy.)

The question has always been whether or not he is capable of putting it all together, of being the guy that can be relied upon to make the big play in the big moment, to carry a team with title aspirations.

And to be fair, the jury is still out in that regard. Are we just going to ignore those four free throws he clanged down the stretch?

But seeing Selden have this kind of performance in a game like this against a team that is this good is unquestionably a positive for Kansas moving forward.