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New in Blue: Duncan Robinson

August 6th, 2014 by Justin Potts

Duncan Robinson(Williams Athletics)

Duncan Robinson – F | 6-7, 185 | New Castle, N.H. – Phillips Exeter Academy (Williams College)
GP GS Min/game  FG%  3-pt%  FT%  Points  Reb Assists TO Steals Blocks
32 31 34.7 55.7 45.3 87.8 17.1 6.5 1.8 1.1 1.1 1.2

Michigan football is kicking fall camp into gear, but the basketball program took the headlines on Wednesday, first announcing its matchups for the 2014 Legends Classic, then announcing that freshman D.J. Wilson will be out four to six weeks with a finger injury, and finally picking up a commitment from transfer Duncan Robinson. The 6’7″, 185-pound forward played last season at Division III Williams College and announced his transfer via Twitter:

At Williams last season, Robinson averaged 17.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while shooting 55.7 percent from the field, 45.3 percent from three-point range, and 87.8 percent from the free throw line. By all accounts, he was an under-the-radar type at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire — the same school that former Michigan captain Josh Bartelstein attended — who didn’t draw Division 1 offers until just recently.

Obvious caliber of opponents caveats apply, but he scored 20 or more points 11 times last season, including a season-high 30 against defending NCAA DIII national champion Amherst in the NCAA DIII semi-final matchup. In that game, he made 13-of-18 field goals and 4-of-6 three-pointers. He scored 17 in the two-point championship game loss to Wisconsin-Whitewater. He hit multiple three-pointers in 22 of Williams’ 33 games and hit three or more in 14 of those. In one five-game stretch midseason, Robinson made 21-of-40.

He will have to sit out this season, but that will allow him some time to adjust to the level of play and be a part of Michigan’s strength program, which has done wonders for players over the past few years. By the time he’s eligible to see the court, Michigan could be without Caris LeVert, Zak Irvin, and/or Derrick Walton Jr. But he has the size and shooting ability that John Beilein covets on the wing and should be able to carve out a role regardless of what the team looks like by 2015-16.