Miami The Leader For Aaron Robinson

The 2007-08 basketball version of the Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller Crusaders was considered the best team in Ohio. It seemed a return trip to the state title game and a repeat state title was inevitable. However, due to the play of Trotwood Madison's 2G Aaron Robinson, Moeller never even made it to the Sweet Sixteen.

The 2007-08 basketball version of the Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller Crusaders was considered the best team in Ohio. The Crusaders were not only the #1 team ranked team in the state of Ohio going into the playoffs, but USA Today had them ranked #8 in the nation. Mighty Moe's only loss was to USA Today's #3 St. Benedict's of Newark, New Jersey. Moeller not only went undefeated in the GCL, but had a 27 game winning streak against Ohio teams dating back over a year to a 3 point loss at La Salle in February of 2007. It seemed a return trip to the state title game and a repeat state title was inevitable. However, due to the play of Trotwood Madison's 2G Aaron Robinson, Moeller never even made it to the Sweet Sixteen.

The 6-2 Robinson led all scorers with 16 points in a 48–45 upset of Moeller in the district finals at the University of Dayton Arena. Robinson's points came in many different ways. In the first quarter it was back to back threes. In the crucial fourth quarter, it was a layup that put Trotwood up 3 points, and they never looked back.

Trotwood's next game was a regional semifinals loss against Newark. Miami coaches were reportedly in attendance watching Robinson.

Over the past weekend, RedHawk Insider caught up with Robinson at the Ohio state AAU championships at Sports Plus in Sharonville. One of the first things Robinson said was, "I think we will win the state championship this year." Obviously, that will not be an easy task considering the talent returning at Princeton (Jordan Siebert, Marquis Horne, Stephon Johnson, Orlando Williams), Middletown (Bill Edwards, Allen Roberts, Tony Peters), Bedford (Reggie Keely, Randal Holt) and Columbus Northland (Jared Sullinger, J.D. Weatherspoon, Trey Burke). However, Trotwood has their share of returning talent. Besides Robinson, there is huge PF Chris Freeman and G Duwan Thomas. At the very least, Trotwood will be one of the best teams in Dayton.

This summer, Robinson is playing AAU for All-Ohio Red. He helped his team to the Ohio state 17U AAU finals before losing to Ohio Basketball Club 92-90 in double overtime. The runner-up finish qualified All-Ohio Red for the AAU Nationals in Orlando in late July.

As for recruiting, Robinson said he is interested in "Lehigh, Miami, Furman, Dayton, Wright State, Toledo, Penn State, Bowling Green, Ohio, and Kent." He boasts offers from Miami and Furman.

Miami is his clear leader at this point. Said Robinson, "I talk a lot with (Miami senior guard) Kenny Hayes." It is his connection with Hayes that has helped draw him to Miami. He also likes the coaching staff. In particular, he singled out Miami assistant Ryan Pedon.

Robinson mentioned he has taken unofficial visits to Miami in the past and intends to visit again in the future.

In college, he would like to major in business or sports management. Robinson is close to qualifying academically. He said he has a 3.1 G.P.A. in his core courses and will be taking the ACT in the next week.

Robinson also took up a new sport last fall. "I also play soccer," he added. "I am the goalie." Robinson's long arms, athleticism, and long 6-2 frame make him the ideal fit for a goalie. Playing goalie on the varsity team is quite impressive given that he had never played the sport before.

But it is basketball that Robinson will focus on in college.

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Robinson is a long lean athletic 2G who can both slash to the basket or hit the three point shot. One of his best attributes is his decision making. Aaron is a team player who knows how to get the ball into the hands of the right teammate at the right time. Robinson is an intelligent player who reads the game well and rarely makes mistakes.


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