Benzing Fails to Qualify

European hoopster Robin Benzing, whom the University of Michigan inked as the final commitment to its 2009 class in May, will not be a Wolverine.

"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," Michigan headman John Beilein said in a statement released earlier today. "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."

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