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Stanford Robinson winning people over

12/13/2011

As an evaluator, there are times when you simply need to see a guy more or in a certain situation. For me, seeing Stanford Robinson (Fairfax, Va./Paul VI) twice this weekend at the National High School Hoops Festival was worth the trip. The 6-foot-5 junior small forward put his team on his back in Paul VI's second game and the picture of who he really is came into focus.

Robinson is supreme left-handed athlete. I’ll confess, there have been a number of times I’ve watched him and wondered if he could score at the highest level. Could he be the guy who gives more than energy? Could he get himself buckets without having to rely on some sort of freaky athletic maneuver?

On Sunday, in the second half against Episcopal, Robinson won me over. He had 10 points to finish with 16, got on the glass for eight rebounds, didn’t turn it over and dropped four assists. It’s the kind of balanced line you can expect to see from a lefty who sees the floor like an elite guard.

“I’m a scorer but we have so many options I don’t have to force it,” Robinson said afterward. “I really try to get my teammates involved.”

I believe him because when he needed to drop the hammer, Robinson did. Could he stand to be more assertive all the time? Sure, and as the season goes on, he’ll understand that being aggressive isn’t being selfish, it’s often times what his team needs to win.

Robinson said he would prefer to play in the ACC and he’ll have his share of suitors. Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, NC State, Rutgers, Marquette, Xavier, Syracuse, Villanova and Pittsburgh are on the list. However, one school has been omnipresent this season: Virginia.

Robinson’s noticed the Cavs in the gym -- a lot -- and definitely thinks highly of Tony Bennett’s team. The coach watched him once on Saturday and kept an assistant in town overnight to catch his final act. Wake Forest had head coach Jeff Bzdelik check out one of his games and NC State’s Mark Gottfried did as well. Each of the other programs had assistant coaches on hand as well.