Robinson has green light to shoot for Michigan

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

Ann Arbor — Shoot.

That’s the simple but direct order from coach John Beilein to Duncan Robinson, who came to Michigan from Williams College because of his ability to score.

“He’s unsure what to do,” Beilein said after Friday’s 70-44 victory over Northern Michigan. “Tell him when you talk to him, ‘Just shoot it if you’re unsure,’ because the ball goes in a lot.”

Robinson, who sat out last season per NCAA rules, averaged 17.1 points as a freshman at Division III Williams. And Beilein has talked all preseason about how Robinson’s skills will translate to Michigan.

He played 15 minutes in the opener and took just one shot, a 3-pointer that went high off the rim — where Aubrey Dawkins grabbed it with his left hand and slammed it home in the first half.

Robinson is a bit of an unknown for Beilein, one of several he’s working with as the Wolverines try to get back to the NCAA Tournament.

Ten Wolverines scored for Michigan in the opener, everyone who took the floor but Robinson.

“It’s much more difficult than I thought,” Beilein said. “Last year, it was pretty simple after we had the injuries. We only had seven, eight guys, ‘This is what we’re going to do.’

“It’s evolving every day. It’s going to make us better.

“I wouldn’t call it fun yet.”

Michigan continues its nonconference season at 7 tonight against Elon at Crisler Center.

Elon at Michigan

Tip-off: 7 p.m. Monday, Crisler Center, Ann Arbor

Radio: WWJ

Records: Elon 1-0, Michigan 1-0

Outlook: Sophomore Dmitri Thompson led Elon with 21 points and eight rebounds in the opening 85-74 victory over Charlotte. ... Senior Caris LeVert led Michigan with 18 points and five assists in the opening 70-44 victory over Northern Michigan.