Robinson Offers Up Commitment

Stanley Robinson is off the board. The 6-foot-8 stud from Woodlawn High in Alabama was faced with a tough call but made up his mind and went with it Tuesday night.

The Connecticut Huskies will sign a monster class next month. On Tuesday, Jim Calhoun's bunch went out and procured a commitment from a legitimate stud. All-american candidate Stanley Robinson out of Woodlawn High picked the Huskies over Georgia Tech, Alabama and Florida.

"When he visited UConn he played against Rudy Gay and that was a guy equal in size and quickness and to understand that he could develop into that caliber or player is something he couldn't turn down," Robinson's uncle Jeremy Welton told

This battle was a tight one with in-state Alabama and Georgia Tech mounting charges the entire time. The Crimson Tide has protected their home turf well in recent years and invaders have found it tough to pull elite kids out of the state. This time UConn went in and made it happen.

"Alabama had been recruiting Stanley for a while and they've always been an option," Welton said. "As far as UConn, everybody was talking about the class they're bringing in and with losing 6 guys off their roster it was an opportunity to go to a top 3-4 basketball school in the country. He couldn't turn it down."

Turning down Alabama had to be tough and that's always the hardest call when you tell the in-state school you're headed elsewhere.

"I'm sure he could tell you it was very difficult but in the end you have to make the best decision for yourself. In his mind he believes that UConn is the best place for him."

So what does UConn get in Robinson? Well, for starters the Huskies get an elite level athlete. We're talking about a guy who plays well above the rim and rebounds with a purpose. Plus, there's a developing perimeter game to get excited about.

According to Robinson's high school coach Tyrone Belcher, the light really went off this summer. "I started to see those things after this summer when he came back from NBA Camp. He's shooting the ball really well, especially from deep."

The Huskies move up to No. 3 in's most recent recruiting class rankings as they have the No.'s 20, 24, 30, 41 members of our Top 100 plus a stud four-star post-grad center in Jonathan Mandeldove and another wing in Will Harris. The commitment by Robinson is UConn's 6th of the year.

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