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Michigan duo Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III declare for 2014 NBA Draft


Michigan sophomores Nik Stauskas, the Big Ten Player of the Year, and Glenn Robinson III announced on Tuesday afternoon that they will both forgo their final two years of eligibility and declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.

Both starters in their two seasons in Ann Arbor, they helped advance the Wolverines to the National Title game in 2013, and won a conference regular season crown this past season.

The 6-foot-6 Stauskas was one of the more improved players in the nation, putting on 16 pounds of muscle in the offseason, and quickly shredding the notion that he was simply a shooter. He averaged 17.5 points 2.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game, shooting 44 percent from beyond the arc.

“For as long as I can remember I have had a goal of playing in the NBA, whether it was on my backyard court or winning the Big Ten title at Crisler Center,” Stauskas said on Tuesday. “Following some heartfelt discussions with my family, Coach [John] Beilein and the rest of the coaching staff, I am ready to pursue my goals and begin my NBA career.”

Stauskas is projected as a lottery pick, currently slotted as the No. 14 overall pick in’s latest mock draft.

MOREThe entire list of players entering the 2014 NBA Draft

Robinson, the son of the former NBA veteran, is currently viewed as an early second round pick, following a sophomore campaign where he posted averages of 13.1 points and 4.4 boards per game.

“It has truly been a blessing to have had the opportunity to attend to the University of Michigan and be part of this basketball program,” Robinson added. “The Wolverine fans and U-M alumni are the best in the world. I have developed many relationships and created so many positive memories that I know will last a lifetime. As excited as I am about my future, I will always be grateful for this wonderful two year experience at the University of Michigan.”

Michigan is still awaiting a decision from sophomore center Mitch McGary. The breakout star from the 2013 NCAA Tournament elected to return for another year, but was limited to just eight games due to a “lower back condition” which required surgery.

Does McGary come back, and attempt to repair his stock for a junior season?

Remember, McGary will be 23-years-old by the time of the 2015 NBA Draft. Also, with Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell and Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein announcing they would both return to school, the draft board has opened up for McGary to climb.

Report: Glenn Robinson III to enter the NBA Draft

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Michigan’s sophomore forward Glenn Robinson III will enter the NBA Draft, according to a report from Jake Fischer of the Boston Globe.

The Michigan coaching staff has yet to be informed of Robinson’s decision, but Robinson has been expected to leave for the professional ranks. He’s projected as an early-second round pick, according to Draft Express, but some expect Robinson to sneak his way into the first round.

Robinson averaged 13.1 points as a sophomore.

MOREThe entire list of players entering the 2014 NBA Draft

Robinson isn’t the only Wolverine currently deciding on where he will play basketball in the near future. Nik Stauskas has reportedly made the decision to enter the NBA Draft, although he refuted the report last week. Center Mitch McGary is also considering turning professional, although he spent the last four month of the season on the bench after back surgery.

Wolverines to go overseas prior to 2015 season

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Every four seasons, programs are allowed by the NCAA to travel internationally. For some teams, that means going to Canada; others, going overseas. Michigan last took a trip in prior to the 2010-11 season, a year that ended with a 21-14 record (just the second 20-plus winning season for John Beilein at the time), and the coach recently revealed he plans to take his Wolverines to Europe in the coming months.

Beilein revealed on the “Coffee with the Coach” segment of a television program that Michigan will take the ten allotted days and “…we can practice and improve and we have some young kids coming in that can now go to Europe, so it will be a good time for us.”

The Wolverines have a four-prospect incoming class, and as there could be some turnover, there will be a few players potentially adjusting to new roles next season. Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas are still debating whether they should return for their junior seasons, or declare for the NBA draft, and after a year rehabbing for Mitch McGary, the big will need the extra repetitions to adjust to game speed. The extra time will also be crucial for Derrick Walton; the then-sophomore point guard will have to expand his offensive role in 2015, and his continued work to thread the balance between distributor and scorer could be fine-tuned on this trip.

College Hoops Week in Review: Marcus Smart, Arizona back to being awesome

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PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State

Marcus Smart is back.

After playing about as poorly as he possibly could for 30 minutes on Saturday night, Marcus Smart turned in as dominating of a performance as you will see to close out Oklahoma State’s season-changing win over No. 5 Kansas. Smart scored 12 of his 21 points in those final 10 minutes, hitting all four of his field goals, making the only three he shot and handing out three assists without a turnover. That’s before you factor in the plays he made that won’t show up in the stat-sheet, including drawing an offensive foul on Perry Ellis and grabbing an offensive rebound between two Jayhawks as he was flying out of bounds, saving the ball to a teammate.

Therein lies the key to success for both Smart and Oklahoma State. He’s still doing all of the little things that made him so special, but in those final 10 minutes, Smart finally — finally! — played like a guy that accepted the fact that he hurts his team when he fires away from three and makes headlong drives into the paint.

If he plays the way he did in those final ten minutes — distributing, picking his spots to attack, strictly shooting open, rhythm jumpers — the Pokes are going to be a nightmare for whichever No. 1 or No. 2 seed draws them in the Round of 32.

They were good, too:

  • Will Sheehey, Indiana: Sheehey averaged 24.5 points in Indiana’s wins over Iowa and Ohio State this week. All of a sudden, Indiana is back in the bubble conversation. Beat Nebraska and Michigan next week, and things get real.
  • Delon Wright, Utah: Wright won you your college hoops fantasy league this season. In wins over Colorado and Arizona State, Wright is averaging 21.5 points, 7.0 boards, 5.0 assists, 3.0 blocks and 2.5 steals while shooting 14-for-16 from the floor.
  • Dorian Finney-Smith, Florida: Finney-Smith averaged 17.5 points and 5.5 boards in two wins last week, shooting 11-for-21 from the floor and 7-for-14 from three. When he’s hitting threes, Florida becomes a different team.
  • Glenn Robinson III, Michigan: Robinson had 17 points and the game-winning bucket in overtime at Purdue, following that up with 12 points in a win over Minnesota. He’s averaging 14.7 points and 5.7 boards in his last three games.
  • Marcus Paige, North Carolina: Paige scored 31 of his 35 points in the second half and overtime of UNC’s win at N.C. State. He’s been the best player in the ACC the last month and a half.
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TEAM OF THE WEEK: Arizona Wildcats

Arizona blew out Cal by 28 points. Then they took a 25 point second half lead on Stanford. This came after beating Colorado by 27 points in Boulder. Arizona’s back, baby.

What’s changed is that Sean Miller has opened up the floor. The Wildcats are running more. They are taking advantage of the myriad of athletes Sean Miller has at his disposal — Nick Johnson, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Aaron Gordon — and allowing them to make plays on both ends of the floor instead of playing grind-it-out half court games where his group struggles to find any kind of consistency on the offensive end in the half court.

Is Arizona the favorite to win the national title right now? That’s hard to say. What isn’t hard to say, however, is that Arizona is playing better than anyone else in the country right now.

They were good, too:

  • Oregon: The Ducks swept their LA road trip, beating UCLA in Pauley Pavilion in double-overtime. Mike Moser led the way, averaging 16.0 points, 16.0 boards and 4.5 assists in the two wins.
  • Wichita State: 31-0. That’s all you need to know.
  • UConn: After slogging their way through a win at South Florida, UConn knocked off Cincinnati at home. They’re still a game out of all-important third place in the American.
  • VCU: The Rams bounced back from three losses in four games, picking off Fordham on the road and following that up with a win over Saint Louis in Richmond. Shaka Smart’s crew is still two games out of first place in the Atlantic 10.
  • Arizona State: The Sun Devils cemented a spot in the NCAA tournament by sweeping Cal and Stanford at home. Win at Oregon and Oregon State next week, and Herb Sendek will have steered his team into third-place in the Pac-12.

Glenn Robinson III beats his father’s alma mater at the buzzer (VIDEO)

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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.

Wisconsin tops Michigan on the road 75-62, fourth straight win

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On Jan. 18, Nik Stauskas scored 23 points Michigan’s 77-70 win over then-No. 3 Wisconsin inside the Kohl Center. That was at the point of the season where both teams were going in opposite directions. The Wolverines had won seven straight, a streak that would reach 10 games. Wisconsin, on the other hand, had dropped its second consecutive, the start of slump in which the Badgers lost five of six games.

Sunday afternoon, Wisconsin returned the favor with a 75-62 road victory in Ann Arbor, controlling the game from the start, and answering a Michigan threat in the second half.

Frank Kaminsky had a big afternoon with 25 points and 11 rebounds (he had 14 and four in the first meeting) and dominated the Michigan forwards on the block. The Wisconsin offense started out hot, hitting 5-of-6 from the field to start the game, and took care of the basketball throughout — 10 assists to two turnovers.

Michigan, however, struggled in the first half with only 19 points, off 32 percent shooting. Despite its best effort, Michigan’s first half was too big of a hole to dig out of. The Wolverines cut the lead to five, 52-49, with Caris LeVert, who scored a career-high 25, doing most of the damage. The Badgers responded with a 10-2 run to put the game out of reach.

Outside of LeVert, Michigan struggled offensively, a product of the Wisconsin defense, which limited Michigan’s transition opportunities in the first half. John Gasser, who gives up three inches, was also able to hold Nik Stauskas to 11 points off 4-of-11 shooting while Glenn Robinson III, Derrick Walton and Zak Irvin shot a combined 6-of-22 for 16 points. And for Walton, this is coming off the best game of his young career against Ohio State.

Overall, this was just a bad afternoon for the Wolverines, but this outing might be cause for concern. Stauskas’ points per game are down in the last five games (Michigan 2-3 in that stretch) and Robinson has had his struggles offensively as well over the course of the past few weeks.

Michigan has a week-off before hosting Michigan State on Sunday afternoon, with first place in the Big Ten potentially on the line.