Robinson Talks Finalists, Set To Decide

Decision day is nearing for St. James (Md.) point guard Justin Robinson, who plans to announce his college choice Oct. 12.

Decision day is nearing for St. James (Md.) point guard Justin Robinson, who plans to announce his college choice Oct. 12. The 6-1.5, 180-pounder said he still hasn’t made up his mind, though he has an inkling of where he’ll be heading. In the coming days the St. James product will sit down with his family, whom he’s very close with, and hash out the pros and cons of his remaining suitors. Robinson said Virginia Tech, Providence and UNLV. are all under consideration, though it’s presumed the Hokies and Friars are the clear front-runners.

“Sunday [Oct. 12] is the big day – my birthday,” said Robinson, who officially visited all four of the aforementioned programs, the last of which came last weekend at UNLV. “I’m excited about it. I’m ready to make my choice, get the process over with and get ready for my final season. I’ve been working out a lot this offseason, just getting better all-around and I’m eager to get back on the court.”

Virginia Tech, which he officially visited after Maryland (the Terps backed out of the Robinson race just recently), could very well be the leader. The St. James guard likes what he’s hearing from new coach Buzz Williams, as well as the fact Blacksburg, Va., isn’t all that far from his home.

“With Tech, the coaching staff and players are real close there. The relationship I have with them is very good. The coaches really create a family atmosphere, and it seems like everyone now has the same mindset: They want to win. Coach Buzz knows what it takes to win, which is what we saw when he was at Marquette.

“And I talk to Seth [Allen] all the time, and he’s been telling me what it’s like down there and why he chose to transfer there. I think Seth knows in a college setting he’s going to be a scoring guy who can play the wing, which means I could fit in as a true point guard there. [Tech] has a few other guards and wings on the roster, but there’s opportunity for me there.”

Providence is right in the thick of things as well. Robinson immediately connected with the staff and players during his official and called it a “very welcoming atmosphere.” He noted how the Friars’ coaches took care of his family and showed them all a good time.

“Providence is a basketball town, and the family style there, it’s a really big thing,” Robinson said. “We felt very welcome there. I like the variety of personalities there on the staff, and just how they present themselves. It’s like they want you to win, and they want to win big, but they also understand there’s more to it than just winning basketball games.

“And it’s a good situation for me at Providence, because they don’t have that many guards. Kris Dunn is possibly going pro after this year, and even if he stays he said himself he’s more of a scoring guard, so I could potentially fit right in at the point.”

Last but not least, there’s UNLV. Despite the distance, Robinson said he could see himself fitting in with the Rebels.

“My mom used to joke when I was younger that she was going to college with me, but she backed off that recently,” Robinson said, laughing. “We’re all cool with me leaving home for college, and honestly, I really enjoyed it out at UNLV. The coaches showed us a great time, and when I hung out with the players I fit in well.

“They do have another guard there playing point, but he’s more of a scorer and a combo type. If I went there I could slide right in as the point guard. So UNLV is a good situation for me too.”

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