Thursday, June 13, 2013
No. 60 prospect stands tall at NBPA 100
By Reggie Rankin
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Class of 2014 center Elbert Robinson (Garland, Texas/Lakeview Centennial) was literally the big man on campus during the morning session at the NBPA Top 100 Camp held at the University of Virginia. The 6-foot-11, 270-pound lefty was terrific from start to finish, highlighted by a game-winning jumper in sudden death.
A showing like his on a stage of this magnitude will likely expand the list of teams in the hunt for the No. 60 overall player in the ESPN 100.
Right now, Robinson lists offers from Georgetown, Kansas, Ohio State and Louisville, among others. With his rebounding and defensive prowess, combined with his overall size, we may be looking at the first of many high-level performances and the start of an intense recruiting battle for this stud.
"Rebounding is what I think I do the best," Robinson said of his game. "[But] I have to work on my footwork."
That may be one of the few parts of his game he will have to improve upon.
Robinson was active, aggressive and productive on both ends of the floor throughout the session. He used his big, soft hands to rebound everything in his area and added a few powerful putback dunks in heavy traffic. Robinson moved well for his size in transition and when he received the ball deep in the lane, it was curtains for his defender. He was virtually impossible to get around when defenders tried to deny the entry pass and he also did a terrific job of passing out of the post when he drew a second or third defender. Robinson was also stellar on the defensive end, gapping the post catch in order to not get beat with a quick spin move.
To continue to perform and be productive at a high level, Robinson will have to maintain and continue to improve his conditioning. But after meeting him, I believe he will take care of business in that department. And if he does, he’ll have the look and skill of a truly special post player.