LSU a "tight fit" for 7-footer

LSU hosted big-time — in ability and size — 2014 C Elbert Robinson for an official visit last weekend. TSD's Matt McCurdy spoke with Robinson's father and AAU coach for all the latest on how the Tigers impressed this four-star center.

According to Elbert Robinson's AAU coach, whichever school signs the Texas big man better not plan on having him for long.

"He's one-and-done, no doubt about it," said Dallas Seawolves coach Lawrence Johns, who has coached Robinson since he was a 5-foot-10 sixth-grader. "The only difference between him and Shaq is that Elbert is a lefty."

Robinson, currently listed at 7-1, 315, visited LSU last weekend for the Auburn football game, along with his parents and Johns. He has previously visited Georgia Tech and Nebraska, with a visit starting Friday at Ohio State. His final allowed official visit will likely be at Georgetown.

"It was awesome," said his father, also named Elbert, of the visit to LSU. "We had a real good time. The hospitality was above board and we all really enjoyed the trip."

According to the elder Robinson, the trip was highlighted by a campus tour, meeting the strength and conditioning staff, touring the academic facilities, attending the football game and hanging out with the basketball coaches.

"Getting to know Coach Jones and his staff was great," he said. "They are fine gentlemen and we think a lot of them. The football game was real nice, also."

"Little" Elbert was able to play pick-up basketball in the new practice facility with the current players. His father said LSU's basketball facilities were "Second to none."

"Elbert really enjoyed that," his father said. "It gave him a feel for playing against college guys."

They were also able to meet LSU legend, Shaquille O'Neal. "He surprised everyone by stopping by the practice facility."

Although his son will likely be completed with all of his official visits prior to the early signing period in November, he said no decision would be made until the late signing period in April.

"We are going to sit down as a family and analyze everything," he said. "We don't want to be too hasty. It's going to be a very important decision."

Among the things the Robinson family will consider are:

-- "What type of staff is in place and how you connect."

-- "A place where he will developed and they will take care of him, because we won't be there."

-- "Education, because whether he stays one year or two years or even longer, we want him to eventually get his degree."

He said LSU met all of their criteria. "It's a real tight fit," he said. "With what they have in place, you should succeed. From what we saw and from what we experienced, LSU meets every one of them."

Johns, his AAU coach, said in college that Robinson will be a double-double machine.

"His strengths are rebounding and free throw shooting," he said. "He shoots 78 percent from the line. Not many 7-footers can do that. He has really soft hands."

The key, according to Johns, will be Robinson's weight.

"That was the problem with (former LSU center) Stanley Roberts, he could never get his weight down," Johns said. "Elbert will slim down. He's slimming down now."


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