Sept. 28, 2012
PETERSBURG, Va. -- John Robinson, co-captain of the 1976-77 University of Michigan men's basketball team, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 23, at the age of 56. Known as the quiet leader, Robinson was elected by his teammates as a co-captain along with Steve Grote in his senior year.
During his career, Robinson started 79 of 93 games, scoring 1,052 points. His 602 career rebounds gave him a 6.5 rebound per-game average that continues to rank in Michigan's all-time top 20 in that category.
During the 1975-76 NCAA Tournament run, Robinson tallied 41 points and 32 rebounds over back-to-back victories over Missouri and Rutgers to send Michigan to the finals. The Wolverines eventually lost to Indiana in the final. According to then-U-M head coach Johnny Orr, Robinson was "extremely quick and strong around the basket."
In his senior year as a co-captain, U-M won the Big Ten Conference title, finished the season with a 26-4 record and was rated the number one team in the nation by both polls at the end of the regular season. Robinson was selected in the fifth round of the NBA Draft by the Los Angeles in 1977.
Robinson, along with former U-M great Rickey Green, played together at Chicago Hirsch High School, winning the Illinois state title in 1973.
A funeral service will be held at noon, Saturday, Sept. 29, at the chapel of William N. Bland & Son Funeral Home in Petersburg, Va. Rev. Dr. Elva Ward will officiate. Interment will follow in the Mount Sinai Community Cemetery in Prince George, Va.
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