Big man Robinson wants to visit Louisville

LAS VEGAS – The biggest of big men the University of Louisville is recruiting – Elbert Robinson – said he wants to make a visit in August. Robinson is a post player from Texas and updates Cardinal Authority on his recruiting process.

Elbert Robinson has lost over 20 pounds in a month.

The 7-foot, 300-pound post player from Kennedale, Texas., said college coaches told him he needed to lose weight and he made sure not to disappoint.

Robinson checked in at the NBA Players' Association Top 100 Camp last month at 322 pounds and weighed as much as 325. He played with the Dallas Seawolves last weekend in Las Vegas and was much improved from earlier in the month.

"I'm playing a lot better because I've just gotten in better shape," Robinson said. "I still have some more weight to lose, but I've been doing a lot of core workouts, practicing harder and just eating right.

"Just better shape. Some coaches told me I needed to be 270 or 280."

Robinson said he can "really tell" a difference in his game with the 20 fewer pounds, noting it's really on the defensive end.

"I'm getting more lift, able to block more shots," he said. "But I still have a lot of work to do. I need to work on some more things to get better."

On the recruiting front, Robinson said there are 10 or 11 schools that are still in the mix for his services. He mentioned Louisville, Georgetown, Ohio State, Kansas, Georgia Tech and Oklahoma State.

"It's still most of the same schools," he said. "I want to take a couple of visits in August and then make a decision sometime in late fall."

While it appeared U of L was backing off a bit earlier this month, Robinson said he's still been in contact with Rick Pitino and assistant Wyking Jones. The Cardinals watched as many as three games of Robinson's last week in Vegas.

"They said they would be a big asset to their program," Robinson said of the U of L coaches. "I know they have a great staff and it's nice over there.

"With Louisville, I am going to check it out."

Robinson said a visit hasn't been set up but he's hoping for the next few weeks.

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