Robinson Has His Final Five

Stanley Robinson, a Top 20 prospect in the nation, has his list trimmed down to five schools. Robinson is looking forward to his home visits.

Birmingham (Ala.) Woodlawn forward Stanley Robinson says he's down to five schools. Connecticut, Alabama, Florida, Memphis and Georgia Tech have made the cut. The next step is in-home visits for's No. 20 prospect.

"Hopefully, after the in-home visits and the official visits I can have it cut down to two teams," Robinson said. "I'll do my best to try to commit and get everything in time (for the fall period)."

Robinson said he's got some preliminary dates set for visits but thought they would be meaningless until he heard the pitches from the coaches during the in-homes.

"We're kicking around some dates, but nothing set in stone," Robinson said. "UConn is a definite. Memphis is a definite, Alabama is a definite and Georgia Tech is a definite. I think pretty much my top five will get official visits but I just don't know when."

Robinson stressed the importance of the in-home visits for him. "Basically, the visits are going to say a lot. I'm familiar with Alabama of course, and real familiar with Georgia Tech. Florida came up to the school and Memphis came up as well. I spoke to UConn a lot and I'll see the UConn coach when he comes in for the in-home."

UConn has the most ground to make up considering Robinson has never had a face-to-face with Jim Calhoun. "A lot of schools called an offered but they never took the time to see me and visit," Robinson said. "I never got a chance to meet them. With the exception of UConn, I pretty much have met with all the coaches. It's been a process.

"I want to give (UConn) a shot, at least meet the head coach."

So, how does a school make the in roads to land him? "Basically, they need to get me and my mom and my uncle on the same page."

Can he really leave the state of Alabama? "It would be real tough," Robinson said. "Not just leaving the state but they've been there for so long. It would be kind of tough but I'm sure all athletes have to through the same thing with the in-state schools."

A little known fact about Robinson is that before he was star on the hardwood, he pitched. "I was actually a baseball player when I was growing up," Robinson said. "I wish I would have stuck with it."

Basketball has been pretty good to this freakish athlete who brandishes a mean jump shot, especially to mid-range. The personable Robinson says he's got a couple of pre-visit favorites but he's not talking.

"To be honest, I do have two favorites but I don't want to disclose them. It's not really relevant to say right now. It's not important how you start but how you end."

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