Under the guidance of Jamie Dixon, the Pittsburgh Panthers have been defined by winning. In his eight years as the head man at Pittsburgh, Dixon has won 25 or more games seven times, and won 20 or more games every single year.
Meanwhile the term that defines James Robinson is also winning. He has led his AAU team, Team Takeover to one of the best two year runs on the AAU circuit, and also he has been an extremely successful floor general at DeMatha Catholic.
Now the two entities will come together to spend the next four years after Robinson announced his decision to attend Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Along with the two parties having winning in common, it is also toughness that shines through with both the program and the player. In his time at Pittsburgh, Dixon hasn't been chock full of NBA first round draft picks and freakishly impressive athletes.
Likewise Robinson isn't someone who is extremely quick with the ball, he isn't an explosive athlete, and isn't the best shooter for his position. Even with that, he gets by on toughness, basketball IQ, and a feel for how to play the game on both ends of the floor.
It is the toughness and defense many times that leads to the winning. Team Takeover was one of the best defensive teams on the AAU circuit, DeMatha prides itself on defense, and Pittsburgh has been one of the best and most successful teams in the Big East based on the way they shut people down on the defensive end.
Both Virginia and Notre Dame put up a great fight with Robinson, and both of those schools offer a lot of the same characteristics with their team. Still at the end of the day, Robinson felt that Pittsburgh was the perfect spot for him.
A four-star prospect and the No. 94 rated prospect in the nation, Robinson will bring his winning pedigree and toughness to the Pittsburgh lineup. Odds are it will be very well received and he should fit in right away with the culture that the Panthers have already put in place.