Michigan head coach John Beilein officially announced the addition of 6-8 guard/forward Duncan Robinson to the program Wednesday. The former New Castle, N.H., Philips Exeter Academy standout will sit out the 2014-15 season due to NCAA transfer rules, comes to Ann Arbor after playing one season at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.
"We feel very fortunate to add Duncan to our program at this time," Beilein said. "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."
Robinson enrolled this fall after going through transfer orientation in late August. He'll have three years of eligibility remaining.
"This was an opportunity I just could not pass on," Robinson said. "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."
Robinson played under former Beilein assistant Mike Maker, now in his first year at Marist, at Williams College. He started 31 of 32 games and led the Ephs 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.
Robinson averaged 17.1 points, scoring 548 total points to become the first Williams freshman to ever score 500-plus points in a season. He posted 29 double-digit scoring games and 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, 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 an 18-game winning streak to close the year, 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.
He is expected to play plenty of two guard at Michigan and could help replace Caris LeVert should the junior leave early for the NBA, as some project.
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