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Wolves grab Glenn Robinson III in second round

By Andy Greder

St. Paul Pioneer Press

The Timberwolves selected Michigan’s Glenn Robinson III with the 40th pick of the second round in the NBA draft Thursday night.

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.

Robinson was picked 39 slots after his father, who went No. 1 overall in the 1994 draft. Glenn Robinson II, who played at Purdue, averaged 20.7 points and 6.1 rebounds in 11 seasons in the NBA.

“He’s a first-round talent,” Wolves coach Flip Saunders said. “And so it will, like I said, we’re really excited about him. And coach (Michigan coach John) Beilein does a great job of coaching those guys. They’re very fundamentally sound and they’ve got the tendency to improve and translate to our level.”

With the 44th pick, the Wolves selected Oklahoma State’s Markel Brown, but ESPN reported he would be sold to Brooklyn. They also reportedly sold the 53rd pick (Italian wing Alessandro Gentile) to Houston.

“Right now with our first pick (UCLA’s Zach LaVine), we are looking at 13 roster spots, so flexibility-wise, we will probably add one more to our roster that is going to make our team,” Saunders said.

Saunders said the money goes to the team “for how they see fit,” with an example being player contracts.

“We thought the value that we had and the ability to use that and go sign a free agent or do whatever was more valuable than it was to draft somebody and put them over in Europe,” Saunders said.