Robinson Talks Up Terps, Updates Status

Maryland has been pursuing four-star combo guard Brandon Robinson (Douglas County/Douglasville, Ga.) since his sophomore year, and as his recruitment twists and turns heading into the July live period, the 6-foot-5, 170-pounder is keeping UMD under firm consideration.

Maryland has been pursuing four-star combo guard Brandon Robinson (Douglas County/Douglasville, Ga.) since his sophomore year, and as his recruitment twists and turns heading into the July live period, the 6-foot-5, 170-pounder is keeping UMD under firm consideration. Robinson has held a longstanding relationship with recruiter Cliff Warren, while he’s in contact with head coach Mark Turgeon, who visited him in-home back in April, as well.

“I really love Coach Turgeon and Coach Cliff. My family, we’ve known Coach Cliff for a long time now, and we were really impressed with Coach Turgeon as well,” said Robinson, who claims offers from UMD, FSU, Florida, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Miami, Texas Tech, Memphis, Texas A&M, Alabama, Auburn and others. “I love what they’re doing there, and I want to get up there during the fall for an official visit to get a better feel for the campus and what it’s like there. I’ve never been there before, so I definitely want to get up.”

Despite having a less-than-stellar summer session with the Georgia Stars so far, Robinson said Turgeon and Co. -- along with most of his other suitors -- have continued to pursue in earnest.

“Coach Turgeon and Coach Cliff love my game. They see me fitting well into their system, kind of like Dez Wells did there,” Robinson said. “Coach Turgeon liked how I handle the ball, how I can score, how I have a high basketball IQ, how I get my teammates involved, and just how I make smart plays.

“I definitely think I could excel at Maryland, just watching how they play. I love how they get all their guards involved and let them be playmakers. They definitely fit my style of play.”

Robinson has taken note of the Terps’ offseason moves as well, saying the addition of Rasheed Sulaimon and Diamond Stone caught his eye. He also said he wants to play for a potential powerhouse, and believes UMD’s preseason ranking suggests Turgeon has Maryland on the verge.

“To be part of a top team, a championship contender, that’s something I definitely want to be part of,” Robinson said. “What Coach Turgeon is doing there, he wants to make history. That’s something I want to part of and will really look into.”

The Georgia product will get his first look at College Park, Md., in September. He hasn’t taken many summer visits, but has seen the likes of FSU, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Bama, Clemson and Auburn previously.

And Robinson was actually just at Florida for a team camp in Gainesville, Fla. He holds an offer from the Gators and said UF is resonating following his stay on campus.

“The Florida coaches were at every one of my games, and talked to me after every game,” said Robinson, who isn’t sure where he’ll take officials to beyond UMD. “They made sure they were present and letting me know how much they want me there. They told my coaches they love me and have prioritized me. So Florida is definitely a great situation. I like the feel of the new staff, and I like how the assistants are young and really work well with their guys. It’s a school I’m definitely looking at.”

The school north of Gainesville, though, has long held prime appeal. Many have suggested Florida State would be the program to beat considering the Seminoles were Robinson’s first high-major offer, his former AAU teammate, Trent Forrest (Chipley, Fla.), already committed, and he’s known an assistant on staff since he was in elementary school. But after the Noles landed four-star point guard C.J. Walker (Arsenal Tech/Indianapolis, Ind.) June 18, it was questionable whether the FSU staff still coveted Robinson.

“The staff actually called my parents and let them know not to worry about C.J. committing. They said don’t let [Walker’s decision] scare them, they still want me there,” Robinson said. “And Trent is actually recruiting me the hardest right now, and he wants me to come and play with him there.

“But, I mean, I don’t really care about [Walker committing]. I’m always looking at schools that get players. I want to be on a team where you’re competing in practice and guys are pushing each other to get better. I actually played with C.J. at the Elite 100 last year and I love his game, so that was a big pickup for them.”

Robinson has plenty of other contenders to consider as well. He doesn’t have a firm leaderboard yet, but said schools that would likely make the short list included “Georgia Tech, Maryland and Florida State, definitely.” He also mentioned Florida, Tennessee, Miami, Memphis, Texas Tech and Texas A&M as possibilities, while Stanford (“they should offer once they see my SAT scores,” Robinson said), Cal (“they’ve been talking to me a lot”) an UNC (“UNC has been on me and is really interested”) would become contenders should each ante up.

He wants to release a top-11 list in the next month or so before paring that down to a top-five by August.

“I’d say the two schools I have the best relationship with are Maryland and Florida State,” Robinson said. “They’ve been recruiting me the longest and hardest, and were on me before I blew up and became a top recruit. I’m still looking at other schools, but [UMD and FSU] are the two that have made it known they want me the longest.”

If all goes well the rest of this summer and into the fall, Robinson would like to have his college selected by the November signing period. If not, he’s content to wait the process out until the later period.

In the meantime, Robinson is intent on reestablishing himself as a top recruit during the July live period.

“This weekend at Florida I think I showcased how I could score at all three levels. During this AAU season I kind of took a backseat compared to last year. I wasn’t as aggressive and that kind of hurt me a little bit, because I didn’t do what people thought I was going to do,” Robinson said. “But I know I’m an elite scorer, and I’m going to prove that in July and the Nike Skills showcase I’m going to. I know I can score at all three levels, and I’m confident in my game. I’m still trying to get better at everything, but I know what I’m capable of.”

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