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UNC Official Visit a 'Great Experience' for Brandon Robinson

Brandon Robinson detailed his UNC official visit after returning home late Sunday night.

When Brandon Robinson arrived at his hotel in Chapel Hill on Friday, he had four visitors waiting for him.

Roy Williams, Steve Robinson, Hubert Davis and C.B. McGrath – the entire UNC coaching staff.

A small gesture, but one that signifies just how important the 6-5 wing from Douglas County (Ga.) High School is to UNC’s 2016 recruiting class.

Accompanied by his parents and younger brother, Robinson’s 48 hours at Carolina gave him a better feel for its players, its fans and its system.

“The football game was kind of crazy,” he said. “The fans for basketball are kind of unbelievable. When we walked from the tailgate area to the student section, people were calling their names and asking them for autographs. A couple people tweeted me and told me they saw me at the football game, it was kind of funny.”

Prior to the game, Robinson played pickup with the UNC players.

“I think I did pretty good,” he said. “Marcus Paige and Justin Jackson impressed me a lot. All the big guys inside, they were all competing and playing hard against together. They have a great group of bigs.”

A film session with Williams followed the pickup games. There, Robinson watched tape of several former UNC players to get a better feel for how he might fit in on the court.

“The main guard they showed was Danny Green. The video was just showing how he could shoot the ball, play defense and make a lot of plays for them. They were showing me some of the things they would want me to do, showing me the similarities in their games and my game.

“They (UNC staff) were telling me how much improvement they see that I can make,” he continued. “They said that I’m not done growing as a player. Just them believing in me means a lot to me, because they recognize how hard I work. Coach (Roy) Williams expressed more than anything how much he loves my character off the court and how I carry myself.”

Following UNC’s win over Illinois, Robinson and his family ate dinner at Davis’s home. He spent the rest of Saturday night hanging out with the UNC team, including hosts Kenny Williams and Jackson.

“They’re great guys,” explained Robinson. “They both were genuine and telling me about their experience at Carolina, why they chose it and why they love the school. They both told me what they think about what Coach Williams has done for them and why they trusted him and came there.”

The interaction between UNC’s players, Robinson said, reminds him of his high school team.

“It’s a close family,” he said. “That’s what we do with my team. Guys are just joking, laughing, dancing and stuff like that.”

Before returning to Georgia, Robinson and his family had breakfast with Williams. Overall, he called the visit an “eight or nine out of 10.”

“It was a great experience, “ he said. “The coaching staff is great people and the players are great people. It’s a first-class program. My parents had a great time and they really enjoyed the visit.”

Robinson has already taken official visits to Louisville and Georgia Tech, in addition to UNC. He’ll visit Georgia on Sept. 25 and Florida State on Oct. 10.

He isn’t sure when he’ll make a college decision.

"I don’t really have a timetable, but I want to make my decision before the season,” he said. “When I make a decision, I just want to wake up one morning and make sure I have no regrets.”


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