Robinson falls to Timberwolves at 40 in NBA Draft

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By Daniel Feldman, Daily Sports Editor
Published June 26, 2014

NEW YORK — As the end of the 2014 NBA Draft first round came to a close, it started to become more and more unclear where Glenn Robinson III would land.

Then, all of a sudden, his named was announced, and the Minnesota Timberwolves acquired his rights with the 40th pick.

Robinson’s name first came up as a possible 29th pick of the Oklahoma City Thunder, who had previously selected former Michigan forward Mitch McGary with the 21st pick. Instead, the Thunder selected former Stanford forward Josh Huestis.

The pair of forwards have played against each other before. When Stanford and Michigan met at the Barclays Center back in December, Huestis recorded nine points and 10 rebounds while Robinson posted 17 points and six rebounds.

Michigan ultimately won that game, 68-65, with Robinson playing the ‘5’ in the final minutes of action.

With the San Antonio Spurs up next, a team projected in some mock drafts to take Robinson, speculation remained as to whether Michigan would have three first round picks.

Of course, not only did Robinson fall out of the first round, he fell nine more picks until Minnesota finally swooped in to pick up Robinson.

The Milwaukee Bucks had two opportunities in the second round to snatch up the son of their 1994 first overall selection, Glenn Robinson Jr., but chose not to.

The New York Knicks, a rumored suitor for Robinson — as evidenced by ESPN analyst Chad Ford in his last mock draft — passed on Robinson, too.

Unlike last year, when the Knicks took a Michigan product and son of a former NBA player in Tim Hardaway Jr., the past was not about to repeat itself. Instead, the Knicks took Wichita State small forward Cleanthony Early.

With Twitter buzzing with how and why Robinson had fallen to this point, it became anyone’s guess as to where he would go.

But with Michigan coach John Beilein still sitting in the green room, Robinson’s name was finally announced. Acting as Robinson’s representative, Beilein held up a Timberwolves hat and shouted into the ESPN telecast camera, “Go Blue.” His three sophomores were finally all selected.