Glenn Alan Robinson III (born January 8, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Robinson played college basketball for the Michigan Wolverines for two years. He was an All-State high school basketball player for Lake Central High School in St. John, Indiana. After his sophomore season at Michigan for the 2013–14 team he declared for the NBA draft. Robinson was drafted 40th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2014 NBA draft. He has also played in the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers. He is the son of Glenn Robinson, the 1994 NBA first overall draft pick.

 

 

Early life and high school

Robinson was born, weighing 3 pounds 4 ounces (1.5 kg), three months premature to his single Purdue University freshman mother, Shantelle Clay, at Methodist Hospital in Gary, Indiana.[2] He spent his first two months in an incubator (with a miniature basketball), until he was about 6 pounds (2.7 kg).[2] By age three he was a participant in the Hammond, Indiana YMCA children's basketball league.[2] Robinson attended Grimmer Middle School in Schererville, Indiana prior to attending Lake Central High School in St. John, Indiana.[3] He stood at 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m) in seventh grade and 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) two years later as a freshman.[2] Robinson was nearly 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) during his sophomore season and stood at over 6 feet 5.5 inches (1.97 m) as a junior.[4]

As a freshman, he played junior varsity for Lake Central and once made a game-winning half-court shot.[5] That year he became obsessed with his dream of dunking and even bought special shoes and wore ankle weights to help his dream come true.[5] At the time, his father lived in Atlanta and Robinson grew up with his mother, Shantelle Clay-Irving and younger brother Gelen.[5] During the summer between his freshman and sophomore season, he came under the wing of two substitute father figures: Dave Milausnic, Lake Central Varsity Basketball head coach, and Wayne Brumm, AAU SYF Players under-17 coach.[5] Milausnic convinced Robinson to come to the gym for early morning workouts, often waking Robinson at his home.[5] Brumm, who would eventually continue to mentor Robinson as a collegian, advised Robinson to hire a personal trainer named Andrew Wallen, who helped Robinson augment his vertical leap. He also helped Robinson bulk up from 167 pounds (75.75 kg) prior to his sophomore year to 210 pounds (95.25 kg) in two years.[5] Growing up, Robinson has not embodied the tough vocal demeanor that his father had and then his brother developed. His passive nature has shown itself in all facets of Robinson's life including his basketball game.[5]

As a sophomore, he was a first-team All-area selection after leading Lake Central in scoring.[5][6] On September 14, 2010, Robinson became the first verbal commitment to the Michigan Wolverines men's basketball class of 2012.[4] At the time, he had scholarship offers from Colorado, Valparaiso, Missouri State, IUPUI and Indiana State, and Rivals.com rated him as the 118th best player in the class of 2012.[6] On February 5, 2011, Robinson posted his career-high 39 points against East Chicago Central High School on 14-for-19 shooting.[7] This was his first high school game that his father attended.[5] In the 2011 Indiana sectional against Munster High School, Robinson scored 31 points in an overtime 54–53 loss, but missed a free throw in the final seconds.[10]

Robinson and Mitch McGary had been friends for years prior to their Michigan affiliation.[11] By the time McGary committed to Michigan in November 2011, Robinson had moved up to the national number 34 player ranking according to Rivals.com. The pair along with Nik Stauskas gave Michigan a consensus top 10 entering class for its 2012 class.[12] Robinson visited Michigan along with future teammate Stauskas to see the 61–56 New Year's Day 2012 victory by the 2011–12 Wolverines team over Minnesota.[13] Robinson blossomed as a senior in 2012.[14] In January 2012, he led Lake Central to a 71–47 win over North Carolina-bound J. P. Tokoto's Menomonee Falls High School at the Brandon Jennings Invitational in Milwaukee. Robinson earned Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors with 33 points while Tokoto posted 28.[15] Robinson led Lake Central to its first sectional championship since 1997 with a 24-point performance in the team's 63–37 victory over Highland High School.[16] The road to the sectional title included a rematch 66–56 victory against Munster.[10]

Following the season, Robinson was invited to participate in the four-team All-American Championship along with future teammate McGary in New Orleans on April 1, 2012.[17] He posted 16 points and 4 rebounds to earn the ESPNHS All-American Championship game MVP.[18] He was named the 2012 Post-Tribune Boys basketball player of the year.[3] By the end of his senior year, Robinson was considered a five-star player by Rivals.com.[19] Robinson was an honor roll student at Lake Central.[3] Robinson placed fourth in the Indiana Mr. Basketball voting behind Gary Harris, Yogi Ferrell and Kellen Dunham.[20] Robinson was a second team Associated Press All-state selection.[3] His late rise offset a late fall by McGary and enabled Michigan to retain its top ten class status.[21]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
NameHometownHigh school / collegeHeightWeightCommit date
Glenn Robinson III
SF
St. John, INLake Central High School (IN)6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)198.5 lb (90.0 kg)Jul 13, 2011 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:   Rivals:   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 97
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 29, 8 (SF)   Rivals: 11, 2 (SF)  ESPN: 18, 5 (SF), 2 (IN)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • . Rivals.com. Retrieved November 13, 2012. 
  • . Scout.com. Retrieved November 13, 2012. 
  • . ESPN.com. Retrieved November 13, 2012. 
  • . Scout.com. Retrieved November 13, 2012. 
  • . Rivals.com. Retrieved November 13, 2012. 

College career

The 2011–12 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team had been co-champions of 2011–12 Big Ten Conference,[22] but lost both of its co-captains, Zack Novak and Stu Douglass, to graduation and three players as transfers.[23][24] The team was returning a nucleus of All-Big Ten players Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway, Jr.[25]

Freshman

 

Robinson began his Michigan career in the starting lineup on November 9.[26] In his first career game, Robinson nearly posted a double-double with ten points and eight rebounds in a 100–62 victory against Slippery Rock.[27] In his second game, Robinson had 21 points, while making his first eight field goals in a 91–54 victory against the IUPUI Jaguars on November 12.[28][29] On November 23, he posted 12 rebounds in the championship game victory in the NIT Season Tip-Off tournament against Kansas State.[30]

 
 
 
 
Robinson shooting a free throw (left), completing an alley oop (center) and dribbling (right) in the January 3 2012–13 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season opener against Northwestern

On January 6, Robinson posted 20 points and 10 rebounds against Iowa, to earn his first career double-double.[31] He was the first Michigan freshman to post at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in a game since LaVell Blanchard did so three times for the 1999–2000 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team.[32][33] On January 7, he earned recognition as Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week.[34] Robinson earned his second Big Ten Freshman of the week award on January 28 due to a pair of 12-point performances on 71.4% shooting in which he averaged 8 rebounds.[35][36][37] On January 31, Robinson and Stauskas were named to the Wayman Tisdale Award (USBWA National Freshman of the Year) top 12 midseason list.[38] On February 17 against Penn State, Robinson tied his career-high point total of 21 and posted his second double-double by adding 10 rebounds.[39] He was a 2012–13 Big Ten Conference all-freshman and honorable mention all-conference selection by the coaches.[40][41]

 

As a number four seed, Michigan defeated its first NCAA tournament opponent, South Dakota State, 71–56.[42] Michigan [5] Robinson tied his career-high again with 21 points. The 27th victory of the season gave the team its most wins in 20 years and matched head coach John Beilein's career high.[43] Michigan had held a narrow 30–26 lead at the half, but Robinson made two 3-pointers to open the second half.[5] He scored Michigan's first eleven-second half points as South Dakota only made one field goal in that time.[42] In the first two tournament games against South Dakota State and VCU, Robinson shot a combined 15-for-19.[44] On March 29 against Kansas, Robinson contributed 13 points and 8 rebounds,[45] bringing his averages in the first three tournament games to 16 points and 7.7 rebounds.[46] During the final media timeout with 3:47 to play and Michigan trailing by 10 points, Robinson became the vocal leader during the team huddle for the first time as a Wolverine reminding his teammates to focus on their defense.[5] With Michigan down by 5 points, he scooped a loose ball for an offensive rebound and made a reverse layup following a Tim Hardaway, Jr. missed three-point shot with 35 seconds remaining.[47] It was part of a Michigan 14–4 run in the final 2:52 to force overtime in the victory.[47] On April 1, he was one of two Big Ten players (Harris) named to the 21-man 2013 Kyle Macy Freshman All-America team.[48] Michigan advanced to the April 8 national championship game where the team lost to Louisville by an 82–76 margin despite 12 points from Robinson.[49] Following his freshman season there was speculation he was considering entering the 2013 NBA draft. He was a projected first-round pick, however on April 18, he and Mitch McGary held a joint press conference to announce that they would not enter the draft.[50]

Sophomore

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Robinson was injured making this block against Deandre Mathieu
 
Robinson does a reverse dunk with this alley oop
 

Robinson declined an invitation to try out for the USA Basketball team that competed at the 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Championship, opting instead to attend a Nike Skills Academy for wing players featuring Kevin Durant and the LeBron James Skills Academy.[52] While training, he became the first player in the history of Michigan basketball to max out the 12-foot-3-inch (3.73 m) Vertec apparatus that is used to measure vertical leap.[53]

Robinson was a preseason All-Big Ten selection in both the official media poll released by the Big Ten Conference and the unofficial media poll released by the Big Ten Network.[54][56] Robinson was on the 50-man Naismith Award and Wooden Award preseason watchlists.[57][58]

On November 8, Robinson tied career highs with 4 assists and 3 steals against UMass Lowell on a night when he also had 15 points and 7 rebounds.[59] On November 13, Robinson earned his first Sports Illustrated cover as part of a four-version set of regional covers depicting college basketball's greatest rivalries on the College Basketball Preview Issue. Robinson and Michigan State Spartans men's basketball player Gary Harris represented the Michigan–Michigan State basketball rivalry on one of the four regional versions.[60] On December 14, Robinson tallied 20 points on 8–9 field goal shooting and 4 rebounds against (#1/#1)[61] Arizona in a 72–70 loss.[62] On December 28, against Holy Cross Robinson posted a career high with 23 points.[7]

In the January 2 Big Ten Conference opener against Minnesota, Robinson set a career high with 4 blocks despite missing the final 17:24 of the game with an injury to his left ankle.[7][7][7] Robinson tied his career high with 23 points against Nebraska on February 5 as the team posted its largest conference game margin of victory since defeating Indiana 112-64 on February 22, 1998.[7] On February 26, Robinson contributed a team-high 17 points including a game-winning overtime buzzer beater against his father's alma mater Purdue to help the team overcome its largest deficit of the season (19).[7] On March 8, Robinson had his fourth 20-point game of the season to help Michigan close out its season with a season-ending 84–80 victory over Indiana. His 20 points included a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 1:10 remaining.[69] Michigan clinched its first outright (unshared) Big Ten Conference championship since 1985–86.[7] Following the regular season, he was named an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and the media.[7][71]

Michigan played its first two games of the 2014 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, which was the home arena for Robinson's father, Glenn Robinson for most of his NBA career as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks. In the two games at the Bradley Center against Wofford and Texas, Robinson scored 14 points in each game and averaged 6 rebounds.[72][73] In the Sweet Sixteen round, he opposed his father's former Purdue roommate and Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin.[74] Robinson scored 13 points as Michigan again advanced in the tournament.[75] The 2013–14 team was eliminated in the elite eight round of the NCAA Tournament by Kentucky.[76]

On April 15, in a joint press conference with Stauskas,[77] Robinson announced that he was declaring himself eligible for the 2014 NBA draft.[78] During his two years with Michigan, the school enjoyed its winningest two-year stretch in school history marked by a total of 59 wins.[79]

Professional career

Minnesota Timberwolves (2014–2015)

At the May NBA Draft Combine, Robinson excelled with the top standing vertical jump at the combine, the top small forward spot up shooting percentage and impressive measurements.[80] Robinson pleased with his overall performance, but disappointed with his 41.5-inch (1.05 m) running vertical jump, which was short of his 44-inch (1.12 m) personal best. Robinson was drafted in the second round of the 2014 draft with the 40th overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves.[81][82] With teammates Stauskas and McGary also being drafted, it marked the first time Michigan had at least three draft picks since the 1990 NBA draft.[83] With Burke and Hardaway having been drafted the year before, every player that started in the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship Game was drafted either in the 2013 or 2014 NBA draft.[81]

Robinson committed to represent the Timberwolves in 2014 NBA Summer League.[84] On September 17, 2014, he signed with the Timberwolves[85] and then made the opening day 15-man roster.[86] Robinson made his professional debut with the Timberwolves on November 14 against the New Orleans Pelicans, scoring 1 point in 8 minutes of play.[87][88] On November 21, he posted his first field goals with a 2-for-2 shooting performance against the defending champion San Antonio Spurs.[89] Among his early performances, he tallied 7 points on December 6 against the Spurs and 4 rebounds on December 8 against the Golden State Warriors.[90][91] On March 5, 2015, he was waived by the Timberwolves.[92]

Philadelphia 76ers (2015)

On March 7, 2015, he was claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia 76ers.[93] Robinson debuted for the 76ers on March 14 against the Brooklyn Nets, going scoreless in 7 minutes.[94] He reached double digits for the first time on April 11 against the Chicago Bulls, scoring 10 points.[22][96] Robinson started in the season finale on April 15 against the Miami Heat.[97] It was his first and only start of the season and he posted a season-high 8 rebounds to go along with another 10-point performance.[22]

The 76ers opted not to make a qualifying offer to Robinson before the July 1, 2015 signing period, thus making him a free agent.[98] He later joined the Atlanta Hawks for the 2015 NBA Summer League on July 9.[99]

Indiana Pacers (2015–present)

 

On July 27, 2015, Robinson signed a three-year deal with the Indiana Pacers.[100][101] Pacer General Manager Larry Bird noted that he had been attempting to acquire Robinson for some time due to the potential that he saw. He hooked Robinson up with shooting guru Hal Wissel for extra attention during his first offseason.[12] Robinson entered the season impaired by shoulder soreness and did not dress for the October 28 season opener.[12][12] Robinson began practicing with the team at the beginning of November as he recovered from his shoulder injury.[12]

On November 4, 2015, Robinson debuted with the Pacers against the Boston Celtics in their 5th game of the season. Robinson posted 10 points and 2 rebounds in over 19 minutes of action.[12] On November 13, he posted 11 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves.[12] On November 21, he scored a career-high 17 points off the bench and was 4-of-4 from three-point range against the Milwaukee Bucks.[12] On December 27, he was assigned to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League.[12] He was recalled the next day.[12] With George Hill attending to personal business and Rodney Stuckey injured, the Pacers—who only dressed 10 players—[12] gave Robinson his first start of the season on January 17 against the Denver Nuggets.[13][13] Hill missed three consecutive games and come off the bench for a fourth as he endured the loss of his grandmother, mourned the loss of a former IUPUI Jaguars men's basketball teammate and celebrated the birth of his first child.[13] Hill replaced Robinson in the starting lineup on January 26 against the Los Angeles Clippers.[13]

On November 20, 2016, with forwards Paul George, C. J. Miles and Kevin Seraphin sidelined, Robinson started and posted a double double with 16 points and 11 rebounds in an overtime win against the Oklahoma City Thunder.[13] He got his second start of the season on November 25 and finished with a team high and career-high 20 points and five rebounds against the Brooklyn Nets.[13][13] Those two starts were regarded as the best two performances of his career up to that date.[13] Robinson returned to the starting lineup when Monta Ellis was injured in mid-December.[13] He posted a season-high rebounding performance in a 12-point, 12-rebound double double against the Detroit Pistons in his fourth start in his return to the starting lineup.[13][14] During the 2017 All-Star Weekend, Robinson became the first Pacers player since Fred Jones (in 2004) to win the Slam Dunk Contest.[14] On March 24 with less than 3 weeks left in the regular season, Robinson was sidelined for at least two weeks with a calf strain.[14] After missing the final 11 games of the regular season, Robinson was sidelined for the first game of the 2017 NBA Playoffs on April 15 against Cleveland,[14] but he returned to the lineup for game 2 on April 17.[14]

On October 13, 2017, Robinson was ruled out for three to four months after undergoing surgery for a repair of medial and lateral ligaments in his left ankle.[14]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2014–15Minnesota2504.3.333.167.750.6.1.1.01.2
2014–15Philadelphia10115.3.419.308.5002.5.8.3.14.4
2015–16Indiana45411.3.430.378.6921.5.6.4.23.8
2016–17Indiana692720.7.467.392.7113.6.7.6.36.1
Career1493214.7.448.376.6982.4.6.4.24.4

Playoffs

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2016Indiana402.6.750.0001.000.0.0.0.31.8
2017Indiana3010.41.0001.000.5001.0.3.0.05.0
Career705.9.9001.000.667.4.1.0.13.1

Personal life

Robinson is the son of Shantelle Clay (also known as Shantelle Clay-Irving)[5] and Glenn Robinson, who was Indiana Mr. Basketball,[6] Collegiate national player of the year, NBA All-Star,[4] NBA first overall draft pick, NBA champion, and an eleven-year NBA veteran. One of Robinson III's nicknames is "Trey".[2][6] His maternal grandmother's name is Carolyn Crawford.[5] He is also at times referred to as GR3.[14]

His younger brother, Gelen (class of 2014), is the 2013 & 2014 Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) 220-pound (100 kg) wrestling champion, 2014 IHSAA discus champion,[14] 2013 IHSAA shot put runner-up, 2013 IHSAA discus runner-up, 2013 threepeat Post-Tribune Football Defensive Player of the Year[14] Gelen verbally committed to the Purdue Boilermakers football team.[14]