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Robinson Bringing Dynamic Game To UNC

What is North Carolina getting in Brandon Robinson? Douglas County (Ga.) head coach Hollis Bethea explains.

What did North Carolina do well while recruiting Brandon Robinson?
I think their style of play is big. For a kid like Brandon, I think he fits with how they get up and down the court. They really like to run the fast break and then the secondary break, and then if it’s not there they have sets they like to run. That’s very similar to what we do.

Brandon is that type of player that’s a really good fit with their up-tempo style. Just looking at the team overall, I think people should know that Brandon is a shooter. I know he can really help them in that regard as well. You can never have enough shooters.

How did he get on UNC’s radar earlier this year?
What happened, we were playing in a state playoff game against Wheeler (Ga.) High School. UNC was there to see Jaylen Brown. But Brandon played so well that he caught Coach (Roy) Williams and (Hubert) Davis’s attention.

After the game, Coach Davis and me talked on the phone and they wanted to get him down on a visit because they were so excited about seeing him play. They really liked how dynamic he was on the court and were very intrigued.

What is North Carolina getting in Robinson overall?
He’s a great kid. He’s a high-character kid. He has really good grades, he’s smart. But the other thing is that he is a complete basketball player. He’s not just limited to one skill. He can play three positions. He can play point, he can play the “2” and he can play on the wing. That’s what they really liked about Brandon when we talked. He’s a good defender, and plays well on both ends of the floor. He’s a floor general and is athletic. He’s the kind of kid that comes around once every blue moon. He comes from a great family and has really good parents. They’re getting a great character kid who just happens to be good at basketball.

What do you think pushed UNC over the top?
I think it’s just everything it has to offer. The tradition, all the great players they’ve had in the past, along with the coaching, the exposure that he’ll get and, more importantly, they have really good academics there. It’s one of the top schools academically. I think that piece, the academic piece, I think that’s what really did it for them.

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