Elite 2006 forward sees opportunities at Kentucky

Stanley Robinson, a six-foot-nine, 210 pound forward from Birmingham (AL) Huffman High School, ended his junior season Thursday with a 48-41 loss in the state tournament semifinals. Afterward Kentucky Sports Report visited with the versatile forward to ask him about his college decision-making process.

Robinson contributed 14 points on 5-7 shooting and 4-5 from the free throw line in the loss. He also had two assists, two steals, and a blocked shot before fouling out late in the game. Despite the loss, his Huffman High School team returns all five starters for next season, and the future looks bright. Robinson's college options also appear bright.

"I pretty much have everybody on my list," Robinson said. "Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Illinois, Stanford, Cincinnati, LSU. I'm open and taking it day by day. I'll sit down with my family and get down to a top five for visits. I'll wait to see what my decision will be."

When asked about Kentucky, Robinson said, "It's a great school. You'd have a great opportunity there because they let freshman play. Other schools just want you to come in and sit on the bench (but) everybody wants to get the opportunity to play."

Robinson said he had seen Kentucky play many times this year, and volunteered that "Of course (I've seen them play), always. Like their point guard, # 4--he's a freshman, right? He really handles the ball well. He (Coach Tubby Smith) lets every player play, and they get that opportunity if they do their job on the court and execute their offense. He's a great coach."

Robinson demonstrated unselfish play and an excellent passing ability with a number of passes from his high post position. He handles the ball well, and is active on defense, occasionally guarding the primary ballhandler. He is a quick leaper and very athletic.

If there is a negative to his game, it is his rebounding. Today's game followed a nine point, twelve rebound, nine assist game he had in the quarterfinals, but saw Robinson grab only one rebound. Despite having six-foot-seven teammate Demetrius Jemison in the low post, Huffman was outrebounded today 33-15 by the smaller Auburn High School team. Robinson recognizes he has room for improvement, though. "That doesn't mean anything (when he was described as one of the top players in Alabama). I have a lot of work to do, and I have to get better."

Robinson had no specific time frame for his college decision.

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