Glenn ‘Big Dog’ Robinson: Definitely Not a Bust, but a Disappointment

April 5th, 2011 by Mike B. Leave a reply »
I watched a lot of college basketball in the '90s, especially the Big Ten. 

During the decade, superstars who played in the conference included Michigan's Chris Webber and Jalen Rose, Indiana's Calbert Cheaney and Michigan State's Shawn Respert.

But you can't speak about Big Ten hoops of the '90s without mentioning a guy by the name of Glenn Robinson.   

Nicknamed the "Big Dog", Robinson produced a monster season for Purdue during the 1993-94 season, averaging 30.3 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. And for his efforts, he was recognized as the nation's top player as he received both the Naismith and Wooden awards.  

Robinson also led the Boilermakers to the Big Ten title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight, where they fell to Grant Hill's Duke Blue Devils.   

Robinson's superstardom wasn't supposed to end in college though. He was expected to go on to become the NBA's "Next Big Thing."

As expected, the Milwaukee Bucks would make the 6'7" junior forward the top pick in the 1994 NBA Draft, right in front of Jason Kidd (Dallas Mavericks) and Hill (Detroit Pistons).  
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