Before head coach John Beilein arrived in Ann Arbor, fans at West Virginia, Richmond and Canisius already knew of Beilein’s unusual recruiting strategy. U-M fans, thanks to a pair of deep runs in the last two NCAA tournaments, are also seeing the results of his unorthodox methods.
The latest exhibit of Beilein’s work is the acquisition of 6-8 transfer Duncan Robinson from Division III Williams College.
Robinson, who will sit out the 2014-15 season, became eligible to transfer when Williams coach Mike Maker took the vacant job at Marist. The Michigan connection was between Maker and Beilein, who coached together at West Virginia.
An outstanding three-point shooter (45.3 %), Robinson averaged 17.1 points and 6.5 rebounds as a freshman while leading Williams to the Division III title game.
“He has a unique skill set that’s perfect for Michigan,” Robinson’s high school coach Mike Tilton told mlive.com.
Robinson, like several of Michigan’s players, was undervalued coming out of high school. This was of no concern to Beilein, since he often recruits under-the-radar players.
In today’s fast-paced world, players (and their parents) often expect an offer the first time they meet a coach. But Beilein’s process is much slower. He won’t offer a player until June 15 after his sophomore season, he must see him play in person and the player must also visit the Michigan campus. Beilein, as you might expect, stresses academics, too. This style makes everyone sit back and think.
Some players are taken aback by the style, and that’s when Beilein and his staff must shine. “I wouldn’t say resistance,” Michigan assistant Bacari Alexander told espn. “But I would say a curiosity to why haven’t you offered my son yet or why haven’t you guys offered my player yet.”
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In other Michigan news, the 2014-15 Wolverines are completing plans for their upcoming trip to Italy (Aug. 15-24).
“It’s a great opportunity for our young men to get a chance to learn a different culture, visit historical sites, bond as a team and play some quality completion, Beilein told mgoblue.com. “We learned and experienced a great deal from our Belgium trip four years ago, and we look forward to having more memorable moments.”
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While D.J.Wilson will make the Italy trip, he won’t be in action until the team begins drills in September. He underwent successful (pinky) finger surgery Wednesday (August 6).
Wilson, a 6-9, 220 lb. freshman from Sacramento, will battle for frontcourt playing time with 6-9 redshirt freshman Mark Donnal and 6-9 freshman Ricky Doyle. 6-6 sophomore Zak Irvin, 6-7 freshman Kameron Chatman and 6-6 freshman Aubrey Dawkins will split time at small forward, while 6-7 Caris LeVert, 6-0 Derrick Walton, Jr. and 5-11 Spike Albrecht will man the backcourt.
Names in bold link to sports-reference, an enhanced statistics site.