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Chesterton product McGary chosen by OKC; Minnesota selects Robinson III

2014-06-26T23:45:00Z 2014-07-06T22:09:19Z Chesterton product McGary chosen by OKC; Minnesota selects Robinson IIIAl Hamnik al.hamnik@nwi.com, (219) 933-4154 nwitimes.com
June 26, 2014 11:45 pm  • 

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, meet Chesterton's Mitch McGary.

Kevin Love, you'll love Lake Central grad Glenn Robinson III if you stay with the Timberwolves.

Thursday's NBA draft was a night of emotional high-fives for the 6-foot-10 McGary from Michigan after being the 21st pick of the Oklahoma City Thunder, where he is expected to back up center/forward Serge Ibaka.

The 6-foot-6 Robinson went to Minnesota with the 40th pick of the second round.

GR3 had been compared to Trevor Ariza in several mock drafts. McGary had drawn comparisons to David Lee.

NBA scouts were impressed with the big-stage productivity of both former region stars.

Robinson started 75 consecutive games over his two-year career at Michigan. Last season, he filled in as an undersized power forward after McGary was lost to a back injury just eight games in.

"This is a dream come true," GR3 said. "Yeah, it's the second round but I know everything will work out. Things happen for a reason.

Robinson said he had yet to contact Minnesota guard Robbie Hummel, a Valparaiso grad, but was planning to call him.

McGary's star began to shine brightly as a starter in the 2013 NCAA tournament, playing 30 minutes or more against VCU, Syracuse and Kansas -- while averaging 13.3 rebounds.

"A great pickup by OKC," said ESPN analyst Jay Bilas. "I really like this kid's quickness and toughness. When he screens you, you stay screened."

GR3's athleticism, quickness and shooting touch all but guaranteed his number would be called at some time Thursday while McGary's nonstop motor and toughness had made him so appealing to teams.

GR3's father, 6-7 Glenn "Big Dog" Robinson, played with anger and attitude during his 11-year NBA career. Young Glenn isn't quite there yet.

"Off the court, I can be the nicest person in the world. But the one thing I'm really trying to show is that once I step on that court, there's no more nice guy," Robinson said at the NBA Combine in Chicago. "I have to turn that into anger."

GR3 and McGary know there's much work to be done this offseason.

"At the next level, everybody's athletic, everybody's quick, so you have to find a way to 'separate' yourself," Robinson said. "Footwork is a key to that. I've worked on that and getting my shot off faster."

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