When Glenn Robinson III entered high school, few expected him to achieve high-level basketball success.
He wasn’t fitting his father’s mold -- kind of hard in the shadow of the former national player of the year at Purdue, No. 1 draft pick and veteran of more than a decade in the NBA -- but that didn’t deter him.
Now, after accepting Michigan’s offer of a basketball scholarship on Tuesday for the class of 2012, Robinson is set to make his own path, coming out of St. John (Ind.) Lake Central High School.
“I’m just proving all the people wrong who said I wouldn’t make it, that I wouldn’t play Big Ten basketball,” Robinson said. “They didn’t think I was good enough. Just growing up how people compared me to what my dad was. I want to prove those people wrong.”
He’s off to a good start, giving U-M coach John Beilein his oral commitment now, at the start of his junior year, 13 months before he can even sign a letter of intent.
“It’s Glenn’s nature,” said his high school coach, Dave Milausnic. “He’s a loyal kid. He really liked coach Beilein and his staff and the fact they showed such confidence in him so early.
“Coach Beilein and coach (Jeff) Meyer have been following Glenn hard throughout the course of the summer and early fall. I think what Glenn really appreciates in coach Beilein is his honesty, and he makes kids feel like more than just players.”
The younger Robinson’s game is more of a slasher-style, Milausnic said.
According to Robinson, he’s not quite as tall as his father was at this age and maybe not as strong, but as a wing, which he’ll also play at Michigan, he has a better handle and can get to the basket. Plus, even at 6-foot-6, 195 pounds, he thinks he’s still growing.
Part of his visit involved connecting with U-M guard Zack Novak, who played in the conference Robinson is in now.
Though his father’s alma mater, Purdue, made a push, Robinson was sold on the Wolverines.
“I’m trying to take my own little path, make a name for myself,” he said. “I know at Michigan they didn’t call me Glenn, they called me Trey, my nickname. It’s some about forgetting who he was and playing for myself.”
Milausnic described Robinson’s intense work ethic and desire to succeed, from the 500 shots he puts up every morning before school, waking at 6 a.m. to get them in, to his constant desire to improve.
Even after averaging 16 points per game last year and being named all-conference and all-area, Milausnic is sure there’s a lot of on-court development to come.
Rivals.com ranks Robinson as the No. 118 recruit in the 2012 class.