ANN ARBOR (WXYZ) - Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III both announced they are leaving Michigan to enter the NBA Draft.
The pair announced their intentions this afternoon at a news conference in Ann Arbor.
In a very short period of time, these two young men have had a very positive impact on the Michigan basketball program," said Beilein. "From day one, Glenn and Nik have had the right attitude and work ethic that has helped us enjoy so much of our recent success.
"They both understand that they will need to continue to work even harder in the years to come to accomplish their goals in the NBA," added Beilein. "We will continue to do whatever we can to assist and guide them as they take this next step in their basketball careers. We are excited for Glenn and Nik as they pursue this next stage of their life and begin their professional careers."
"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," said Stauskas. "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," continued Stauskas. "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," said Robinson. "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," added Robinson. "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."
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.
The 2014 NBA Draft is scheduled for Thursday, June 26, at the Barclays Center in New York, N.Y. It will air at 7 p.m. on ESPN.