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History repeats itself for Robinson family at NBA pre-draft camp

2014-05-15T21:00:00Z 2014-07-22T17:48:06Z History repeats itself for Robinson family at NBA pre-draft campAl Hamnik al.hamnik@nwi.com (219) 933-4154 nwitimes.com
May 15, 2014 9:00 pm  • 

CHICAGO | It was 20 years ago when Glenn "Big Dog" Robinson, Jason Kidd, Grant Hill, Donyell Marshall and Juwan Howard sat at separate tables in a luxury hotel along Michigan Avenue, waiting for the media crush.

With the 1994 NBA draft approaching, the league made the top-five prospective picks available for interviews.

On Thursday, guard Glenn Robinson III, "Little Dog" if you will, followed in dad's footsteps at the NBA Pre-Draft Camp held at sprawling Quest Multisport.

"He's helped guide me through this process. He's been through it as the No. 1 pick in '94, so a lot of things that I'm seeing and hearing now, he's helped me through it," Robinson III said.

"When we first got out there, everybody was a little nervous, not just me. But as we got into the routine of things and the first couple of drills got going, I felt great, my shot felt great."

The Lake Central grad and former Michigan standout was among 59 draft hopefuls vying at the combine while being graded and interviewed by coaches, general managers and scouts representing each NBA team.

Among the familiar faces were Jerry West, Tom Thibodeau, Scottie Pippen, Mike Dunleavy Sr., Jerry Sloan, R.C. Buford, Gar Forman, Danny Ainge and Jacque Vaughn.

"I tried to not look too hard into the crowd," Robinson said, smiling. "I just wanted to focus on the rim, on the basketball, and have fun.

"My mom and dad told me to enjoy the moment; you don't get it back."

Chesterton's 6-foot-10 Mitch McGary, Robinson's teammate at Michigan, continues recovering from Jan. 6 back surgery and passed on the two-day event.

The 6-5 Robinson III was Michigan's second-leading scorer at 13.1 points a game, shot 49 percent, but only .310 from beyond the arc.

Before the combine, he was projected to go anywhere from 20th to 40th in the June 26 draft.

"Tim Hardaway Jr., who played on our team, told me to go out there with confidence and a lot of swagger like we always played with and you'll do fine," Robinson III said.

"I had a lot of confidence coming in today. All the training and hard work I put in, all the waking up at 5:30 in the morning and everything like that, it's all paid off at this moment right here."

Robinson III could've shot better Thursday but didn't seem too concerned. "I know that's what I'm here to prove," he said. "A little bit of nerves, maybe. More or less, I just tried to have fun.

"When I did, when I went out there and talked with the guys, that's really when my shot started to fall in those drills and I hit about 12 in a row."

He would like to pattern his all-around game after Pacers' star Paul George, who began his NBA career unheralded.

"I want to be perfect in everything," Robinson III said. "I want to be able to defend, shoot the ball, dribble it, do whatever I can to help the team."

He met with team officials from Detroit, Orlando, Dallas and Oklahoma City earlier in the day, had six meetings Thursday night, and three today.

He also has more than 10 workouts scheduled with NBA teams after the combine, including the Bulls.

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