Notebook: Robinson impresses at NBA Draft Combine

Dylan Burkhardt

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The NBA Draft Combine began in Chicago on Thursday and a number of Michigan players were in attendance. Glenn Robinson III was a full participant, Nik Stauskas attended but didn’t participate in basketball drills while Mitch McGary opted to sit out the entire combine.

Players completed interviews, took their official measurements and participated in shooting drills on Thursday afternoon. Later today, they’ll participate in the performance testing portion of the combine.

Glenn Robinson III shoots well

One of the biggest questions facing Glenn Robinson III is how well he can shoot it at the next level. Robinson took a big step toward answering those questions when he shot 31-of-50 during the spot-up shooting portion of the NBA Draft Combine.

Robinson’s 31 made spot-up jumpers were best among small forward prospects. He was also 16-of-18 on off-the-dribble jumpers and was 25-of-39 when shooting on the move from 15-feet.

Robinson met with Detroit, Orlando, Dallas and Oklahoma City in Chicago and was scheduled to meet with six additional teams on Thursday. He told reporters that his projected draft range is 20 through 40, but that he was told last year he could have been a top-15 pick.

Fox Sports’ Reid Forgrave tweeted that Robinson was one of the big surprises of the combine among scouts in attendance.

Stauskas emerging as a point guard

Nik Stauskas has also been a busy many in interviews. He met with Sacramento, Minnesota, Phoenix, Detroit and Oklahoma City on Wednesday and Memphis, Milwaukee, Boston, Golden State, Toronto and San Antonio on Thursday, per Brendan Quinn.

ESPN’s Chad Ford wrote earlier in the week that Stauskas could be moving up the draft board because of his point guard skills.

 Stauskas is making a play to be more than just a shooter, and the early returns look really good. He was absolutely terrific in the ballhandling drills he was put through on Tuesday.

Stauskas told me he grew up playing point guard until a late growth spurt moved him to the 2. While he wasn’t a primary ballhandler at Michigan, he showed the ability to initiate the offense this past season. Based on what I saw in drills, I think he’s got a chance to get into the conversation with Marcus Smart and Tyler Ennis. He isn’t a pure point guard, but neither is Smart. And his ability to shoot off the bounce means he’s going to have the ball in his hands a lot, regardless of what position he plays.

We have Stauskas ranked No. 12 on our Big Board, and if teams are convinced that Stauskas can play some point, he could end up passing Ennis on draft night.

Stauskas didn’t participate in drills at the combine, but his ability to play point guard was the buzz throughout the day during interviews. Stauskas has always had great ball skills and a knack for playing the pick-and-roll, he says his primary focus is tightening up his handle and improving his defense.

Measurements come in

Player Pos Body Fat % Hand Length (in) Hand Width (in) Height w/o Shoes Height w/ Shoes Standing Reach Weight Wingspan
Stauskas SG 12.1 8.5 8.5 6′ 5.25” 6′ 6.50” 8′ 6.00” 206.9 6′ 7.75”
Robinson SF 0 9 9.5 6′ 5.50” 6′ 6.78” 8′ 4.50” 211.4 6′ 10.00”

Physical measurements are a big part of the Draft Combine and Robinson and Stauskas both measured out fairly well.

Stuaskas actually posted the highest body fat percentage among measured prospects, but his height of 6’6.5” is very impressive for a shooting guard. Draft Express noted his high body fat percentage

Less than half of the body fat percentages were released, but of those who were Stauskas surprisingly registered the highest percentage at 12.1 percent. Other shooting guards with high body fat percentages in our database include Sasha Vujacic at 14.1 percent, and Jason Kapono at 11.7%.

Robinson neared 6-foot-7 with shoes and posted an impressive 6-foot-10 wing span. Robinson hopes he can break the combine record for vertical jump on Friday.

Mitch McGary speaks, but doesn’t play

Mitch McGary didn’t attend the combine, but he did speak to Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press in his first interview since his declaration.

McGary is still not 100% while recovering from back surgery.

“Mark feels, and I do, as well, feel that I’m not 100%, and he doesn’t want me to play unless I’m at 110%,” McGary said in an interview with the Free Press this week. “He doesn’t want to reveal me to anybody until I’m 100%, and I feel as if I’m a couple weeks out. I plan to. I’m letting Mark handle a lot of it. I don’t know who or when or what (teams). Right now, I’m just focusing trying to rehab my back.”

McGary discusses much more including whether he regrets returning for his sophomore year, his lowest point after the surgery and his recovery.

McGary’s roommate during workouts has been Doug McDermott, who has served as a bit of a mentor to McGary. McDermott reported McGary is still trying to get back into playing shape and hasn’t been involved in much live action.

“Not a whole lot,” McDermott responded when asked how often McGary played.

“He’s trying to get back in shape because he took a year off, basically,” McDermott added. “He’s really trying to get into physical therapy, not as much one-the-court stuff, but doing certain (physical training) and underwater stuff to get that back feeling good.”

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  • geoffclarke

    Ford: “Stauskas…more than just a shooter.” News to me. But seriously, with Hardaway and Burke, now Robinson and Stauskas, and probably LeVert, this has got to be a huge recruiting tool – Michigan will make sure you have the necessary perimeter skills for the NBA if you want it. Hard work pays.

    • jblair52

      and for the most part, those guys weren’t “expected” to develop into NBA players let alone 1st rounders.

      That’s spectacular evaluation and development.

      • Webbdog

        Says who??

        • jblair52

          says their rankings out of HS and lack of offers.

  • Kenny

    A lot of us on this board predicts correctly, which is not that hardly really, that GRIII would turn heads in the combine and see his stock rise in the draft.

  • Brad S

    I just checked the combine numbers from today and Stauskas was top 5 overall in lane agility. He obviously isn’t slow footed so I’m wondering why he was so bad on defense?

    • geoffclarke

      Effort. Or stamina…using all his energy on offense.

  • Chazer

    Perhaps playing the 4 position will help him compete in the NBA. I think he cracks the 20 and that THJ’s success will enhance his stock. Not bad having 2 guys finish in the top 5 for rookie of the year! The Michigan system easily translates to the NBA in regards to spreading the floor and understanding the spacing. I think Nik will be very successful as a shooter because he knows how to get open.

    Look for MM to land in Utah or Boston…Burke and Mitch had great success together. The Celtics love those high energy big guys diving for loose balls….thinking Havlicek, another lefty.

    Go Blue!

    • Chezaroo

      John Havlicek a left-handed big man? How about a right-handed small forward. Maybe you were thinking Dave Cowens?

  • Indiana_Matt

    Saw Robinson tied for best No Step Vertical and was tied for second in the Max Vertical (41.5). Man, I am going to miss him catching lob passes in Maize and Blue.

    • Indiana_Matt

      Draft Express has him in the first round now.

  • Dana

    I always thought Stauskas’s problem on defense was he was late to get in his stance. Being late he overreacted to the first move. So fake left, go right. Fake right go left. If he was ready earlier he wouldn’t be so rushed and overreact.