Glenn Robinson III: 'I'm celebrating the draft with my family and close friends tonight.' (Detroit News / Robin Buckson)
On Thursday, Glenn Robinson III finally got a chance to rest.
On one of the biggest days of his life, it’s a welcome respite. Robinson has been on the road like a traveling salesman, doing individual workouts for teams ahead of Thursday night’s NBA draft.
Robinson, a 6-foot-7 forward from Michigan, is projected to be selected late in the first round or early in the second round and will celebrate with his family in Indiana whenever he’s drafted. Among the draft party will be his father, Glenn Jr., who was selected first overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in 1994.
“I just got home and just got a chance to talk to my family and really enjoy it. I’ve been on the road traveling, going to teams,” Glenn III said Thursday morning. “I had 18 workouts and this is the first time I’ve been home. I’m celebrating the draft with my family and close friends tonight.”
Robinson will be waiting, along with former Michigan teammate Mitch McGary, to see if the Wolverines can pull a trifecta of three first-round picks this season. Nik Stauskas is projected as a lottery pick and is in New York for the draft.
If all three are selected in the first round, it would mean all five starters from the 2013 team that reached the championship game will have been first-round picks — along with Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. last season.
“It’s crazy to think about us five starters and two years later, we could all be first-rounders,” Robinson said. “Not a lot of teams and program can develop their players and say that.”
Although Robinson played out of position and guarded bigger power forwards at Michigan, he has had the chance to show NBA teams in his workouts that he has the skill set to play small forward as a pro and has impressed in his tryouts.
“They really wanted to see if I could dribble and guard (shooting guards) and (small forwards),” he said.
“That’s the big difference at the next level and I believe I showed that in my workouts. Between 1-on-1, 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 games, I really stood out and was able to do that. That’s one thing people don’t know about me and haven’t really seen.”
Regardless of where he’s picked — ESPN’s Chad Ford had him going in the second round, at No. 34 to the Knicks in his final mock draft on Thursday — Robinson is just looking forward to the chance to prove himself and realize his dream of playing in the NBA.
“Even if it’s not the first round, whatever team takes me I’ll be happy because it’s been a goal and dream of mine,” he said. “I just want to get better whatever team I go to.”