A D-III star opts to leave and transfer to Michigan

John Beilein's taking a chance of a player who excelled ... in Division III. (USATSI)

How often does someone from an NCAA Division III school upgrade to play for a D-I program? You probably can't ever recall it happening, because in the rare cases that this does go on, it's usually at a relatively small school and the player is unknown and not much of a factor going forward. At best it's a quick blurb in the local community.

So what happened Wednesday is noteworthy. Not only did a D-III star make the jump to the Division I ranks -- but he's going to Michigan. The Wolverines are adding Duncan Robinson, a 6-foot-8 star at liberal arts powerhouse Williams College last season.

This came about because Marist hired Robinson's coach, Mike Maker, after Maker replaced Jeff Bower, who took a front office gig with the Detroit Pistons.

Robinson's 17.1-point, 6.5-rebound clip last season -- as well as his stretch ability -- caught the eye of many programs who found out he was tempted to make the leap. On Wednesday, he made his declaration.

Robinson is still subject to D-I transfer stipulations, which means he'll sit out the customary redshirt season. We'll see him in maize and blue in 2015-16.

He helped the Ephs (28-5 last season) reach the D-III national title game.

The Wolverines lost Nik Stauskas, Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III to early NBA entry this offseason. They bring back possible All-American Caris LeVert and breakout candidate Derrick Walton.

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Matt Norlander is a national award-winning writer who has been with CBS Sports since 2010. He's in his seventh season covering college basketball for CBS, and also covers the NBA Draft, the Olympics and... Full Bio

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