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

By Matt Norlander | Staff Writer

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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