ANN ARBOR, Mich. C University of Michigan men's basketball head coach John Beilein announced Friday (July 18) that recent signee Robin Benzing(Seeheim-Jugenheim, Germany) will not enroll to the university due to NCAA initial eligibility requirements.
"We felt Robin had a very good chance of qualification, but in the end the NCAA Eligibility Center found him to be just short of eligibility to receive a scholarship from any Division I university," said Beilein. While we were aware of the risk involved with this signing and we are disappointed for Robin, it does not deter our confidence in finding the right student-athletes for the future of this basketball program.
"Robin is a fine young man and we will continue to provide him with the NCAA information he will need if he continues to pursue options in the United States. If he does not pursue these options, I assume he will begin playing at a professional level in Europe starting this fall."
The Wolverines will have four newcomers to the roster next season: 7-0 center Ben Cronin(Syracuse, N.Y./ Henninger HS), 6-3 guard Stu Douglass(Carmel, Ind./ Carmel HS) and6-5 guard Zack Novak(Chesterton, Ind./ Chesterton HS), as well as6-3 guard Laval Lucas-Perry(Flint, Mich./ Flint Powers Catholic HS), who transferred from Arizona last season.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734)763-4423