Blue Devils Watching 06 PF?

It's clear that the Blue Devils staff has an affinity for guys like Jonathan Scheyer, Lance Thomas and Gerald Henderson. However, even Duke needs to have a list of backup guys – and one of those may be Alabama native Stanley Robinson. <P>

The 6-9, 212-pound Birmingham Huffman junior will likely be evaluated by Duke this spring after Coach Mike Krzyzewski had a chance to see him at the adidas Camp last summer.

``I was excited when Duke sent me letters towards the end of last summer," said Stanley Robinson. "They produce so many great players – and so many great leaders."

However, Robinson maintains that he has no leader in the process right now – and it's still unclear the level of interest that Duke has in the versatile forward.

Robinson is averaging 17 points, 8 boards, 3.5 assists and 3.1 blocks per game as Huffman is 23-6. Robinson recently scored 22 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, handed out 6 assists and had 5 blocks in a victory against Mississippi-bound senior forward Trey Hampton of Hoover High.

Robinson is long and athletic.

``One of his biggest strengths is his ability to handle the ball at 6-9," Birmingham Raptors coach Keith Mims said. "We play him at the three, but he can also go inside and bang. His athleticism is his biggest strong suit."

There's no question that Robinson needs to get stronger and be more aggressive in scoring in the paint, but he's attracted plenty of attention from top-tier schools already.

``He needs to get in the weight room big-time," added Mims. "That's the biggest thing he needs. He also has to work on his back-to-the basket play. He likes to face-up and would much rather be on the perimeter."

Robinson, who has a 2.8 GPA and scored a 20 on the ACT, mentioned Duke, Cincinnati, Alabama, LSU and Tennessee. Auburn, Maryland, Florida, Kentucky and Georgia Tech are also in the mix.

``He's a quick jumper and he gets off the floor so quickly that he's able to recover from some mistakes he makes," Huffman coach Tyron Belcher said. "That allows him to block shots, get offensive rebounds and tips."

Another facet that Belcher said needs to improve is Robinson's decision-making with the ball in his hands.

``He's turning the ball over a lot," he said. "I know he has the ball in his hands a lot, but he's had some careless turnovers that were unforced."


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