AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Tim Hardaway Jr. can take the questions in stride at this point.
Any time Michigan is in the national spotlight, his familiar name stands out - and the queries about his father seem inevitable.
"It was hard just to try to follow his footsteps, and you try not to worry about it," Hardaway said. "You try to leave a legacy of your own. It takes a long time to do that."
Hardaway is one of three Michigan players with fathers who were in the NBA, and the Wolverines aren't the only team with some famous names in this NCAA tournament. John Stockton's son plays for Gonzaga, and Danny Manning's is with Kansas. Several of college basketball's top performers are from athletic families, and some of these players have already conjured memories of generations past.
Hardaway scored 21 points to lead Michigan over South Dakota State on Thursday night, and he had plenty of help from Glenn Robinson III, who added 21 of his own for the Wolverines. Hardaway's father, of course, was a standout in the NBA, and Robinson's was a star at Purdue who scored 44 points in a win over Kansas during the 1994 NCAA tournament.
The Wolverines also have a backup forward named Jon Horford. His brother Al plays for the Atlanta Hawks, and his father Tito made it to the pros too. It's a coincidence that Hardaway, Robinson and Horford all ended up at Michigan, but coach John Beilein isn't shying away from the story line.
"We really feel good about it because their dads do know basketball," Beilein said. "We think that's always been a feather in our cap to have families. It's not just the dad involved with all these. There's a strong mother involved with every single one of these young men, and they've had a big part to do with their success as well."
David Stockton has played in all 34 games this season for Gonzaga, the same school his father attended. Kansas actually has three familiar names: Tyler Self, Evan Manning and Niko Roberts.
Self is the freshman son of Kansas coach Bill Self, and Manning is the freshman son of Danny Manning, who led the Jayhawks to the 1988 national title. Roberts, a junior guard, is the son of Norm Roberts, the former St. John's coach who is in his second year on Self's staff with the Jayhawks. All three play sparingly off the bench.