T-Wolves draft UCLA point guard
The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Michigan’s Glenn Robinson III with the 40th pick of the second round in the NBA draft Thursday night, after taking UCLA point guard Zach LaVine with the 13th overall selection.
A star from UCLA dominated the headlines leading up to Thursday night’s Timberwolves draft — and now the talk of draft night is about another UCLA product becoming Kevin Love’s teammate, for now, with athletic freshman point guard LaVine selected at No. 13.
“This morning I got up, put in a piece of paper, put his name down hoping he’d be there,” Wolves coach Flip Saunders said. “Fortunately for us, he was there.”
Regardless, all that seems to be certain right now is that LaVine has the potential to be an exciting rookie as a highlight-reel dunking sensation.
“One need we did have is the ability for somebody to create and get to the basket and do things in the open floor,” Saunders said. “He is a multi-position player. He can play some (shooting guard), play some (point guard). Athletically he’s the best athlete in the draft.
“He has great speed, and… I believe he has the ability to be an elite two-way type player.”
Robinson, the son of former Purdue star Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson averaged 13.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.9 steals in his 37-game sophomore season for the Wolverines.
Robinson, a 6-6 forward who shot 49 percent from the field, helped Michigan win its first outright Big Ten title since 1986.