Michigan announces addition of Duncan Robinson

Dylan Burkhardt

Michigan formally announced the signing of 6-foot-8 wing Duncan Robinson this afternoon. Robinson is a transfer from Division III Williams College and will sit out the 2014-15 season before having three years of eligibility. John Beilein discussed Robinson’s addition for the first time since his signing in a University of Michigan press release which you can read below.

“We feel very fortunate to add Duncan to our program at this time,” said Beilein. “We love his ability to play multiple positions while also stretching defenses with his three-point shooting. Duncan is a great fit for the University and our basketball program. It is going to be a pleasure to watch his game and his body develop in the years ahead.”

“This was an opportunity I just could not pass on,” said Robinson. “I have a lot of work to do both academically and athletically, however, Coach Beilein, the staff and the players have been incredibly welcoming and that has made the whole process much easier for me and my family. I am excited for what the future holds. It has been a really exciting transition and I can’t wait to help this program in any way that I can.”

Last season, Robinson played under former Beilein assistant Mike Maker at Williams College, who left to become the head coach at Marist College. Robinson started 31 of 32 games and led the Eph’s to a 28-5 overall record and runner-up finish at the NCAA Division III Tournament. He was named an All-America, fourth team, Rookie of the Year and All-Northeast Region, third team by D3Hoops.com.

He averaged 17.1 points, scoring 548 total points becoming the first Williams freshman to ever score 500-plus points in a season. He posted 29 double figures scoring games and had 11 20-plus point games, including a career-best 30 points vs. Amherst (March 21) in the national semifinal game. He recorded five double-doubles and shot 55.7 percent from the field. He also shot 45.6 percent (81-for-179) from three-point range and made a career-best seven three-point field goals against Bowdoin (Jan. 17).

Prior to Williams, Robinson prepped a year at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H., where he was a 2013 New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class A All-League first team selection. He guided Philips Exeter to a 28-1 overall record, including a closing 18-game winning streak, and the school’s first ever NEPSAC Class A title. Robinson scored 24 points and had 10 rebounds in the title game earning MVP honors.

  • GreyBlue

    This kid will be a tremendous addition to the Wolverine program and Belein ball. He already knows the system. Welcome, Duncan, and Good Luck!

  • Champswest

    Amazing that in just a few years we have gone from having 6’4″ power forwards to having 6’7″ guards and 6’8″ wings.

  • Dr_ZC

    This guy looks like Stauskas, but he seems to have a larger arsenal, like the floater in the lane, the post up and the turnaround. He will be a good one, if he can play defense.

  • Kenny

    An elite shooter who knows the system is always valuable. Hope that he will transform his body and add some athleticism in his red-shirt year.

  • Frank Chuck

    I see Duncan Robinson becoming Steve Novak-lite!

    John Beilein will look like a genius. Again.

    • Truth

      Not sure that is a great comparison. I won’t judge Robinson until he’s played some games but I don’t think “Novak-lite” is really what we should be aspiring to in 2014 (not that anybody is, except perhaps you, based on your comment). Novak was a tremendous role player during our wilderness years but U-M is now regaining its position as an elite program and I would hope and expect that its under-the-radar guys in years to come are simply that — “under-the-radar” diamonds with big-time potential (like LeVert, Morgan, and Albrecht… and fingers crossed, MAAR and Ricky Doyle). Again, no disrespect meant to anyone, but the team didn’t make deep tourney runs and win conference championships back in 2010, even if they certainly made the most of what they had.

      • lsahdjf

        Steve, not Zak!

        • Frank Chuck

          Yeah, I’m not talking about Zack Novak (versatile 6’4″ G/F that played for us).

          I’m talking about Steve Novak – a 6’9″ F who was an awesome player for the Marquette Golden Eagles in the early-to-mid 2000s.

          Check his college stats – he was amazingly efficient player that was so good at shooting that he was drafted and has been in the NBA for nearly 10 years.


          His offensive rating as a junior was 129.0 and as a senior was 137.4.

          • Truth

            My bad!!! I guess I thought “Steve” was some sort of affectionate nickname for Zack. (That happens right? I think that happens.) Anyway, I hope this guy will be an elite, non-streaky shooter who can give us some good minutes at any position that is not the five. BTW, this Steve Novak guy looks good, but if Duncan can shoot the ball as well as Zak Irvin, I will be satisfied.

      • Northern Blue

        Steve Novak, not Zak Novak. Steve Novak is a 6’9″ sharp shooter in the NBA with almost no other skills. But can really really shoot the ball.

        I think he will be able to do a lot of things from the 3 spot. Hopefully he can master that floater. Expect to see him average two 3’s per game, when he gets the minutes. MAAR becomes so important for defensive purposes if Caris moves along this year.

      • John

        Don’t feel bad…Here is a link. I hadn’t heard of him either but I don’t watch the Knicks.


        • Nslim33

          Love the Steve Novak hopeful comparison. People see Novak and just assume its Zack. Duncan will turn out to be a stud, all conf player.

      • NsIim33

        Steve Novak isn’t Zack Novak

  • Frank

    Michigan has always had a Robinson on the team when they went to the NCAA finals in the last 50 years.

    • Frank Chuck

      I checked to see if this right and it’s not.

      1976 – John Robinson
      1989 – Rumeal Robinson
      1992 – no player with that name
      1993 – no player with that name
      2013 – Glenn Robinson

      And going further back (so beyond the “last 50 years”), there was no player that name on the 1965 team.

      But there was a “Rob” on every Final Four team in the last 50 years…as in Rob Pelinka on the 92 and 93 teams.

  • Mattski

    Considering that we have kind of a donut offense, a sharpshooting Dunkin’ should fit right in.

    • Mattski

      Work with me on this!

      • BlueRev