2006 Focus: Stanley Robinson

When you talk about elite forwards down south in the Class of 2006, one name that's certain to crop up is Alabama's Stanley Robinson. Not only is the SEC all over him, but ACC schools are taking a close look as well.

If Stanley Robinson was in the Class of 2005, it'd be a different story. However, with the abundance of frontcourt guys in the junior class, it's almost as if the versatile Alabama native gets lost in the shuffle.

The 6-9, 205-pound Birmingham Huffman junior 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.

Length and athleticism are two traits that have college coaches and others oozing at his potential.

``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."

``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."

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."

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."

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. However, no one has emerged just yet.

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

``But everybody is the same right now and there's no leader," he added. "I can't put anybody in front just yet."

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