Four-star shooting guard Brandon Robinson committed to Roy Williams and North Carolina on Monday, he told Scout.
“I’ve decided to go to North Carolina,” Robinson said. “I’ve just prayed about it and thought about it for a long time. I compared it to all the others schools that were recruiting me based on the style of play and just the need for me there and the want for me there.”
Robinson, of Douglasville (Ga.) Douglas County, picked the Tar Heels over Georgia Tech, Louisville, Florida State and Georgia. He officially visited North Carolina the weekend of Sept. 19. He also took officials to Louisville and Georgia Tech.
Although Robinson, ranked No. 55 in Scout’s top 100, took his final visit to UNC, he said he knew North Carolina was the place for him shortly after his Sept. 10 in-home visit with Williams.
“I don’t think the official did it for me,” Robinson said. “I think the in-home visit did it for me. Coach showed me his plan and what he thought he could do for me. The biggest thing they told me and caught my attention was Coach said he don’t see how good I am right now, (he said) that I have a lot of potential and he could see me grow and he wanted to help me with that.
“Then Coach [Hubert] Davis, he’s a guy that played at that school and played at my position in the NBA for a long time, so that’s a big thing to me. He can teach me how to get there and stay there.”
North Carolina’s pursuit of Robinson began in a unique way. On Feb. 21, during the Georgia state playoffs, Williams and Davis flew to watch then 2015 target Jaylen Brown. While Brown was the focus that night, Robinson scored 25 points and impressed the Tar Heel staff.
“After that moment they talked to my coach and got in contact with us and then I went up to North Carolina when they played Duke,” Robinson said. “Then they just recruited me and we talked a lot back and forth. It’s been a good relationship with Coach Davis and Coach Williams.”
“My dad always told me you never know who is watching and that was one of the cases. Coach Williams didn’t come to watch me. He came to watch another player, but I caught his eye.”
While UNC began recruiting Robinson in February, the Tar Heels surged quickly late in his recruitment, which coincided with Robinson's late summer surge on the court. Williams watched Robinson hit seven-three pointers in a game in Las Vegas in late July, and followed up that viewing with a phone call. The scholarship offer came a week later.
Robinson listed a number of reasons for choosing the Tar Heels, one of them being his desire to play and learn from Williams.
“He’s a great family guy, first and foremost,” Robinson said. “That’s what he cares about. He told me when he was recruiting me that he liked my character more than anything. He’s just a Hall of Fame coach and has coached many great players and put many players in the pros. So I can trust him and he can help me out a lot.”
UNC is known for its up-tempo style and Robinson, a 6-foot-5 athletic wing, thinks he’ll fit right in.
“I think I will play great in their style,” he said. “I get up and down the court. I can make plays for somebody else, knock down a shot or get to the basket.”
Robinson is the second 2016 top 100 prospect to verbally pledge to Williams and the Tar Heels. He joins Scout’s No. 30-ranked prospect Tony Bradley to make up their current 2016 recruiting class.
“I haven’t really talked to him through text or anything,” Robinson said of Bradley. “I know him from the circuit and he’s a great player. He’s humble and he works hard.
“I think we have a good recruiting class. I think with me and Tony committed and possibly the foreign kid could attract a guy like Seventh [Woods]. He might want to get on board. But I think me and Tony started the class off well. We can definitely build on that.”
With the addition of Robinson, UNC’s recruiting class moves up to No. 11 in the 2016 Scout.com recruiting class rankings.