CBS Sports is reporting that freshmen Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III will return to Michigan for their sophomore seasons. Scheduling a press conference together at 4:30pm was a strong indication. That is great news for Michigan.
NBA scouts love the pair for their potential. Both only started tapping into it as freshmen. Robinson faded over the Big Ten season before rebounding. McGary struggled with foul trouble off the bench and never really put it together until the tournament. We only saw glimpses of his finishing and passing ability. A year’s experience should help both players’ consistency and their performances against more physical Big Ten opponents. They should also see much more of the ball without Burke and Hardaway on the court.
Michigan had a replacement for Tim Hardaway Jr. in five-star freshman Zak Irvin. Freshman Derrick Walton and Spike Albrecht should be decent enough in Burke’s stead. The Wolverines also have Stauskas and LeVert who can fill in at the two and the three. McGary and Robinson leaving would have placed a big weight on Jordan Morgan and Jon Horford (probably too much of one).
McGary and Robinson were the two of the four NBA guys Michigan needed to stay. Their return could be the difference between another strong tournament run and having to sweat just to make the trip.
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