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Division III Transfer Duncan Robinson Commits to the Michigan Wolverines

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During an official visit to see coach John Beilein and the Michigan Wolverines, Division III transfer Duncan Robinson committed to the Wolverines. After sitting out a year, the sharpshooter will be eligible to play out his remaining three seasons of eligibility in Ann Arbor.

Duncan Robinson drives to the basket as a freshman at WIlliams
Duncan Robinson drives to the basket as a freshman at WIlliams
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To say that Duncan Robinson's star has risen meteorically may be a bit of an understatement. It's rare for a division III player to have an opportunity to transfer to a Division I program, let alone a high major like the Michigan Wolverines. But yesterday, on the tail end of an official visit, Robinson did just that and committed to play for John Beilein.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I am proud to announce that I&#39;ll be transferring to the University of Michigan. Proud to be a Wolverine! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GoBlue?src=hash">#GoBlue</a> 〽️</p>&mdash; Duncan Robinson (@D_Bo20) <a href="https://twitter.com/D_Bo20/statuses/497129367009763328">August 6, 2014</a></blockquote>
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The 6'8" forward logged 17 points and 7 rebounds per game during his freshman campaign at Williams College, whose season culminated in a last-second loss during the national championship game. Davidson also received a visit over the weekend, but when Robinson arrived in Ann Arbor he ultimately felt that Michigan was an opportunity he couldn't pass up.

Whether or not Robinson turns out to be a successful experiment, for both Division III players and coaches, remains to be seen. Duncan will have to sit out the upcoming season and will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2015-16 season. Taking such a big leap is a big risk for both parties, which Duncan professes to understand. Duncan is reportedly a superbly talented perimeter shooter - during his freshman campaign he shot an impressive 45.3 percent from behind the arc on the season and an eye-popping 52.5 percent in conference play. Still, the players Robinson will need to shoot over as a Wolverine will be larger, longer, and quicker than most of his opponents at Williams. While of course Beilein wouldn't offer a scholarship if he didn't feel that Robinson could become a contributor, this won't deter Michigan in pursuing any of the other wings or shooters they've been in touch with recently.