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CO-CAPTAIN EYES FUTURE
By DON MacLACHLAN ways a year younger than his'
For Michigan's John Robinson classma es and played basket-I
ball in the shadow of teammate
nothing has come easy. Rickey Green, on their state
In high school Rob was al- championship team.
-- - - 'Things didn't get any easier
_--- ?_for Robinson as he embarked on
his college career at Michigan.
During his freshman year Rob
was p l a g u e d with academic
Y O U problems and after earning a
startingsberth as a sophomore
he injured his achilles tendon,
forcing him to battle his way
back into the starting five.
Currently, Robinson is faced
with finding a permanent ca-
E R *?reer. He has many roads open
to him but whether he will be
a coach or pro basketball
player remains unknown. But
whichever direction Rob goes
in, he is deterimned to be suc-
cessful regardless of any ob-
stacles along the way. said. "I was ineligible and had
"I've been pretty independent I the choice to turn away or stary
since I was young because my with it."
mother and father broke up," ."It was really hard for me,"
said the 20-year old Robinson, he added. "I had to play ball in
who skipped fifth grade in ele- the IM or my game would've
mentary school, gone downhill. I also had to
After averaging 24 points and buckle down and go to classes."
18 rebounds per game as a sen- "Hirsch didn't really prepare
ior at Hirsch High School in me for a school like Michigan,"
Chicago, Rob set his heart on continued Robinson. "I just
c o 11 e g e basketball. Robinson : didn't have good study habits."
only received a few offers for, After regaining his starting.
scholarships due largely to a berth sophomore year, Rob
lack of recognition as a prep went on to average 11 points
cager. and six rebounds per game for
"I wasn't even All-City or the remainder of his career.
All Public League," Rob re- Even though he was a three
called. "I- wrote letters to year starter, Robinson was
schools and told them about plagued with a lack of recog-
myself and our high school nition-just like in high school.
team and informed them that "I guess that is just the way
I'd like the opportunity for a it is," Rob said. "I figure even
scholarship." though I didn't get the press,
He waited for answers from some people will notice. Regard-
the colleges he .was interested less of who gets the write-ups
in, and weighed each alternative the spectators know who played
carefully. a good game."
"I had to make a big decision While at Michigan Rob seem-
regarding college," Rob said. "I ed to excel under pressure. In
knew I would have to adjust and NCAA tournament play Rob had
learn everything on my own." some of his finest moments as
Rob never really liked nearby a Wolverine. Sophomore year he
Illinois, and after seeing Campy pumped in 25 points against
Russell and the Wolverines on UCLA. As a junior he canned 41
television he took a liking to points against Missouri and Rut-
Michigan. gers, and t a 11 i e d 25 points
"I came up to visit and against Detroit last month.
stayed here a half day and "In pressure situations, I
decided I wanted to go to try to take charge," he said.
Michigan," said Robinson, co- "I try to get in the flow of the
captain of the Wolverines 1976- game by rebounding and play-
77 Big Ten champs. ing ~tough defense. In close
After signing with Michigan, games I know that if I outplay
Rob started his college career .my man we can win it.
as a 17-year-old and after-play- As a 6-6 strong forward Rob
ing briefly in five games was was always respected for his
declared ineligible for the re-: fine play on the boards-but not
mainder of his freshman season. i for his outside shooting touch.
"My freshmen year really Now, Rob's Michigan career
helped me mature," Robinson is over, and he is pretty satisfied
with the results. tied up in traffic. As a result
"I played and had three he arrived at Crisler Arena a
successful seasons," he said. little late and did not start his
"I also had plenty of fine ex- final home game.
periences-like playing in the
overseas (Egypt) and in the Robinson is currently attend-
NCAA tourney three times."I ing classes and looking to-
In those three NCAA appear- wards the future. Coaching is
ances Rob came close to tasting a very good possibility for the
a national championship - but!i senior from Chicago. He got
never quite made it. The defeat a little taste of it last Sunday
to North Carolina-Charlotte end- when he coached a group of
ed his college playing days-but Michigan high school all-stars
a loss a year earlier was a at Concordia.
tougher pill to swallow. "My number one goal is to
"It definitely hurt me more to finish up school and get my
lose in the championship against degree, Rob added. "Secondly
Indiana last year than in the I hope to get drafted and have
regional this year," Rob stated. the opportunity to play pro ball.
"We were so'close against In- Just having the opportunity to
diana but in the regional we be in the right place at the right
were too far away." time has a lot to do with making
If Robinson could do it all over it in the pros.",
again he would only change a "I think I have enough de-
few things. termination to make it," con-
"I'd have made it to the Mar- tinued Robinson, who plans to
quette game on time, and would play summer ball with some
have studied more as a fresh- pros in Southern California.
man," Rob said with a chuckle. Just like everything else, it
Rob went to the airport to pick won't come easy for Johnny Rob
up his family the morning of -but he'll work like crazy to
the Marquette game and got get it.
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MICHIGAN'S JOHNNY ROBINSON lays the ball up over
Ohio State's Kelvin Ransey in action this past season. Rob-
inson now faces a tough decision, the direction of his future.
Opener still in doubt;
cold may cancel game
By CINDY GATZIOLIS not the fate of the previous
IswinteryA scheduled games against Toledo
If A Arbor's wn eApril and Wayne State, cancellation,
has got you down, cheer up. will hold for this doubleheader
You're in good company. with the Titans.
The snow and cold has pre- Benedict tries to keep his
vented coach Moby Benedict team in shape during the per-
and his Wolverine squad from iod when a layoff can affect
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MICHIGAN is scheduled to opinion that baseball season
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at Fishet Field today. It's still point to the many game can-
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