Stauskas, GRIII To Enter NBA Draft

Gregory Shamus

Color me shocked.

Not much of a surprise here as both Michigan's sophomore wings have decided to leave and pursue their NBA career. From the press release:

"In a very short period of time, these two young men have had a very positive impact on the Michigan Basketball program," said Beilein. "From day one, Glenn and Nik have had the right attitude and work ethic that has helped us enjoy so much of our recent success.

"They both understand that they will need to continue to work even harder in the years to come to accomplish their goals in the NBA," added Beilein. "We will continue to do whatever we can to assist and guide them as they take this next step in their basketball careers. We are excited for Glenn and Nik as they pursue this next stage of their life and begin their professional careers."

"For as long as I can remember I have had a goal of playing in the NBA, whether it was on my backyard court or winning the Big Ten title at Crisler Center," said Stauskas. "Following some heartfelt discussions with my family, Coach Beilein and the rest of the coaching staff, I am ready to pursue my goals and begin my NBA career.

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"I have thought a lot about the next step in my career over this past year," said Robinson. "After talking with my mom, my dad, my grandma, Coach Beilein and the coaching staff, I feel the time is right for me to begin my professional career and declare for the NBA Draft. I am confident I have the work ethic, the talent and maturity to pursue this path successfully.

So Michigan will be losing two of the foundational pieces of its recent Big Ten and NCAA tournament success, but with very little suspense for either decision.

The big question is what does Mitch McGary do.  He has the skills and athleticism to succeed in the NBA, but he also has an extensive injury history and in all honesty about a half-dozen games of really showing that potential on a college court.  He is also the lowest rated of the three Michigan players as well as the oldest.

His announcement is still in the works, and by all accounts he isn't even sure what he will eventually decide to do.

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