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Nik Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III Leaving Michigan for NBA Draft

Nick Stauskas, left, and Glenn Robinson III (Getty Images)

University of Michigan standout sophomores Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III announced Tuesday they will forgo their junior seasons and enter the upcoming NBA draft.

Stauskas, the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year, and Robinson join fellow sophomore Gary Harris of MSU in departing college early for professional basketball.

“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,” Stauskas said in a U-M news release. “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.

“What cannot be understated is how the University of Michigan has helped prepare me for this moment both on and off the court,” Stauskas added. “This great university took a chance on me and gave me the opportunity to achieve my college basketball dreams. I hope in some small way, I was able provide some lasting moments. As I move forward into this next stage of my life, it cannot be said enough how thankful I am to the Wolverine fans for embracing me. I will always be a Wolverine at heart.”

“I have thought a lot about the next step in my career over this past year,” Robinson said in the release. “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.

“It has truly been a blessing to have had the opportunity to attend to the University of Michigan and be part of this basketball program,” Robinson added. “The Wolverine fans and U-M alumni are the best in the world. I have developed many relationships and created so many positive memories that I know will last a lifetime. As excited as I am about my future, I will always be grateful for this wonderful two year experience at the University of Michigan.”

More from the U-M release:

Robinson and Stauskas helped U-M go 59-17 overall and 27-9 in Big Ten play over the past two seasons. The 59 total wins is the best total for any two-year period in the history of Michigan basketball. They were instrumental in U-M’s return to the Final Four in 2013, when the Wolverines advanced to the national title game against Louisville. This past season, this duo helped Michigan win its first outright Big Ten regular-season title in 28 years, earn its first No. 1 seed at the Big Ten Tournament and advance to the title game for the first time since 1998 as well as a second straight trip to the NCAA’s Elite Eight.

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