Video: Michigan coaches discuss Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III leaving for NBA


All of Michigan’s coaches were on hand to see off Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III as the pair announced their decision to leave early for the NBA. John Beilein and the the three Michigan assistant coaches were on hand after the press conference to give their reaction to the news. They talked about how the process has changed as more players leave for the NBA and the effect it has on recruiting. They also talked about incoming recruits. You can watch all the interviews using the embedded media players below.

LaVall Jordan, Bacari Alexander and Jeff Meyer after the jump.

  • sshow

    While I am sad and glad to see these guys pursue their dreams, Beilein’s comment about being on “speed dial” with the NBA folks is yet another great sign about where he has taken the program.

  • arete

    Very nice of John Beilein to ask Joe about his goodbye.

    • DingoBlue

      yeah, I had a chuckle.

  • Dustin Stone

    Early entries do show the progress the program has made, and do add prestige and notoriety to what Beilein is doing as coach…but damn! Why couldn’t we bring everybody back at the peak of their powers and may a go at this title as the frontrunners! The money is nice, but NCAA glory is immortal. Maybe if the NCAA didn’t completely exploit and mooch on the athletes, we might see more kids stay in school.

    • section13row15

      That’s a great point but I think also these kids realize that a lot of hard work and fortunate bounces have to go your way to get back to the elite 8, final 4 ,etc. so if they come back and get beat by a team in the second round, it’s almost a total failure at that point. Nothing is ever guaranteed in life so to have this opportunity right now is too good to pass up.

      • Dustin Stone

        While i agree on the luck aspect of the tournament, i feel when you’re the best team in the nation/tournament (which i think they would perennially would have been) I think you are pretty much guaranteed a Final Four (Florida, Louisville past 2 years) But ya know, that pipe dream is long gone now…Let’s see what kind of diamonds Beilien can harvest out of this year’s recruiting class, and i have no doubt John will have this team contending for another Big Ten crown and another tourney run

  • jakelam2116

    “I thought you were going!” Haha, love Beilein.

  • ChathaM

    This is a great set of interviews. If you listen to all 4, it’s clear that there is a definite direction to all of this, and a clear vision of what they want the program to be. Michigan basketball is a well-oiled machine, and we’re very fortunate to be along for the ride. I could say the exact same thing about this site. It’s strange to say, but this is a happy day for Michigan basketball.