AL HAMNIK: Glenn Robinson III out to show he's an all-around guy

2014-06-17T18:00:00Z 2014-06-28T22:01:06Z AL HAMNIK: Glenn Robinson III out to show he's an all-around guyAl Hamnik Times Columnist nwitimes.com
June 17, 2014 6:00 pm  • 

Glenn Robinson III spent Monday in Memphis, suitcase opened but not unpacked, having just worked out for the Grizzlies.

Today, he'll audition for the Los Angeles Clippers.

And so it goes, week after week, dashing through airports, getting the tour at various arenas, doing interviews, playing some 2-on-2 and 3-on-3, shaking hands with coaches and scouts, then back in the air.

The June 26 NBA Draft can't arrive soon enough.

"It gets tough, flying into cities and hoping you don't get jet lag," said the former Michigan star and Lake Central grad. "I'll end up at my hotel at 2 or 3 a.m., and I've got a workout that morning.

"You'd think it would be tiring but it's going great. An awesome experience. I'm enjoying it."

The 6-foot-5 shooting forward has also worked out for Chicago, Atlanta, Houston, Phoenix, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Utah, Toronto and Miami.

He met with Spurs' officials the day of Game 1 of the NBA Finals, so coach Gregg Popovich wasn't available. And he worked out for the Heat after Game 4, but did meet team president Pat Riley.

"I'm excited but not nervous, yet," Robinson said. "Every team has liked me. They told me I've done a good job and I want to show them I'm an all-around guy, offensively and defensively; that I'm able to help out any way possible."

GR3 was among 59 draft hopefuls invited to last month's NBA Combine at Chicago's Quest Multisport, where he also impressed a large number of coaches, scouts and front-office types.

Michigan teammate Mitch McGary of Chesterton passed on the two-day event while recovering from successful back surgery.

"I would love to be picked in the first round. That's my goal and I think it might happen," Robinson said. "The feedback I've been given is anywhere between 17 and 30."

Did somebody say mock draft?

Bleacher Report, a popular web site for pro basketball, published its first draft immediately after the Spurs beat down the Heat in the NBA Finals.

Robinson and the 6-10 McGary both got some love.

The site projected McGary going to the Clippers as the 28th overall pick, citing a need for some interior depth behind Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.

McGary's non-stop motor and fearlessness are his big selling points.

Robinson, and here's an intriguing possibility, was projected as the 30th pick of the world champion Spurs, who lack depth on the wing and could use a slash-and-finish threat above the rim.

Popovich, a Merrillville grad, admires 'region' toughness.

GR3's father, Glenn, was a No. 1 overall pick in 1994 and closed out his playing career by winning a ring with San Antonio in 2005.

But mock drafts are like bus stops.

A new one comes along every few minutes or so.

This column solely represents the writer's opinion. Reach him at al.hamnik@nwi.com

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