Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Scout's take: Aggies land ESPN 100 PG
By Reggie Rankin
Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy took another excellent point guard off the board on Tuesday when ESPN 100 playmaker Alex Robinson (Arlington, Texas/Timberview) committed to the Aggies over offers from Vanderbilt, Florida State and Pittsburgh and recent interest from Louisville.
"I had a great relationship with the coaching staff, I loved the campus and living conditions at A&M," Robinson said.
ESPN 100 PG Alex Robinson is a big pickup for Texas A&M.
The four-star prospect, who is ranked No. 89 overall in the ESPN 100, is fresh off his official visit to College Station over the weekend. This is a huge pickup for Kennedy and his staff, starting with the fact that Robinson is an in-state, nationally recognized recruit at a position that is in incredible demand throughout the country due to lack of high-major depth at the position.
"Coach Kennedy was straightforward with me, and I like that," Robinson said. "Coaches talked to me a lot, but Coach Kennedy backed up what he said with facts, and when I did my research those facts were true."
Why he committed: "I also liked the fact that their starting point guard (Fabyon Harris) is a senior, and I thought that A&M would provide me with the quickest opportunity to play," Robinson said.
What he brings: Robinson is a 6-foot-1, 170-pound lefty who is a complete, smart, crafty and gritty point guard. He advances the ball on the break, can penetrate, draw and kick, and will not hesitate to knock down open shots with range to the 3-point arc. This summer, Robinson also added rebounding to his stat line by being a presence on the defensive glass, which takes his game to another level and makes him a triple-double threat on the high school level.
How he fits: Robinson will be a lead guard Kennedy can mold into the floor general he needs to execute on the break and in the half-court set. Robinson thinks winning first, so he will fit right in at making teammates better and doing whatever is required to help the team be successful. Robinson will provide excellent decision-making and will be able to score and keep the defense honest.
Reminds us of: Robinson, who ran with the Texas Titans on the AAU circuit, reminds us at times of a left-handed version of Indiana Pacers guard George Hill because of his complete point guard package in terms of affecting the game with his passing, scoring and ability to rebound from the guard position.
How the class is shaping up: Robinson is first on the board in the Class of 2014 for the Aggies, but he is one whom other top prospects will want to run with. Others who have mentioned Texas A&M include small forward Justise Winslow, center Khadeem Lattin, small forward D'Angelo Allen, small forward Joe Burton and center Elbert Robinson, all of whom are in-state ESPN 100 prospects.