Tempe guard anxious for evaluation period

There is no doubt that Calaen Robinson's stock has improved considerably this year. His hometown school Arizona State recognized that development and was the first to offer him, a fact that could work in the Sun Devils' favor. Yet, during the AAU tournament circuit the Tempe Corona Del Sol standout would like to see if his improvement will elevate his recruiting stock with other programs.

"I'm feeling really good for all the tournaments and ready for them to start," said the 6-2 163 Calaen Robinson. "I want to show everyone how well I can play and how I have improved. I want to show how I improved my skills and hopefully that helps me improve my ranking and get more schools looking at me.

"I like to play up tempo and use my quickness. I feel that I am an all around player who can shoot, pass dribble, run defend and do anything that is needed. But I know I need to work a lot on going to my right and gaining weight."

As a junior Robinson averaged 21 points, 5 assists and 3 steal a game. He was voted 5A-I Central Region Player of the Year for the 23-6 Aztecs. Scout.com's West Coast Recruiting Analyst Greg Hicks, offered this evaluation of the Tempe guard.

"A lefty with a quick release, deep range and ability to create his own shot, Robinson projects as a shooting guard at the next level," Hicks said. "However, he has the quickness to defend the 1 and he's also a pretty good passer. But he's got a scorer's mentality, and the ability to score in a variety of ways, so he probably will be playing off the ball.

"He's not the ideal size for a two at the next level, but his shot and quickness make him a tough cover. He's a good defender, with quick hands and good anticipation in playing the passing lanes. He wasn't seen by many people last year, but I expect Robinson to have some breakout performances in July."

Robinson won't be playing for the Compton Magic club this year, but rather suit up for its sister club The Magic. The guard said that his new squad is scheduled to play in July tournaments such as the Cream of the Crop Challenge, Fab 48 and Desert Duel.

Arizona State is naturally a school that has been recruiting the Tempe guard in earnest, and Robinson has certainly not been oblivious to those efforts by the Sun Devils.

"Things are going great with ASU," Robinson commented. "I really like the campus and I've been there many many times. I really like the basketball facility and the practice courts they have there.

"Coach Sendek is recruiting me and just the other week we had a great conversation. We talked about academics, what I need to improve on, the school and the program, stuff like that. Coach Sendek said that I can make the team more of a run and gun team, and he likes how aggressive I am and how I can involve my teammates."

After landing incoming freshman Jahii Carson from Mesa High School, the maroon and gold would love nothing else than to once again ink the state's prospect. Robinson said that Carson hasn't been silent about his desire for Robinson to join the ranks.

"I think him coming to Arizona State can be a factor in my recruitment," Robinson confessed. "I think he will make them a better team this year. It would be nice to play close to home but I also want to get away from mom. I might have to stay in the dorm all year (laughs). I wouldn't mind playing away from home either. It would be nice too."

BYU and St. Mary's have offered the guard a scholarship as well. Arizona, Washington State, Texas A&M, Clemson, Virginia and Colorado are some of the programs that have been pursuing Robinson in recent months and could be offering him during the July evaluation period or shortly after.

"I'm going to definitely talk to my coach and my mother before making a decision," Robinson stated. "I'm looking for a big campus because I like being around a lot of people. I'm also looking to be in a good environment and good weather, but I'm used to this (local) weather too.

"I haven't taken any unofficial visits besides ASU, so I'm looking forward to checking out other schools too. I'm probably not going to make a decision before I take all my five official visits, but I don't know who I will visit yet. The schools that are still recruiting me hard after July are the schools I'm going to consider the most for a visit."

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