His play on the court has spoken for himself, but all you have to do is listen to his teammates and Bill Self to know how important he already is to the Jayhawks.
“Russell’s way beyond his years, he’s well ahead of where I thought he would be at this stage,” said Self. “All of the older guys and everybody else loves playing with him, I think he’s going to be a special player.
A tenacious defender who can play any position in the backcourt, nobody would blame Robinson if he was letting some of the early praise get to his head. That isn’t the Robinson way though and he is just happy to be out there playing and working on his game.
“It feels great, I think I’ve gotten off to a great start and hopefully I can continue to get better as the games go on here in Canada,” said Russell Robinson. “Me teammates kind of help me get along with it. This is all helping me jumpstart my college career and get a feel for how the game is played and how my teammates play as well and it helps us all grow early.”
Talk to his teammates, and they tell you they love his versatility and ability to score. It is Robinson’s approach to the game that has helped him to win over his teammates, particularly point guard Aaron Miles.“I love playing with him because he is a competitor, he competes man, he plays hard,” said Miles. “With him in the game, it allows us to speed up the game because he runs the floor and you can pitch ahead to him and he makes plays, or he can push the ball up the floor.”