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.