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Senior Season Review: UNC Commit Brandon Robinson

UNC signee Brandon Robinson has forged a strong bond with Tar Heel assistant coach Hubert Davis.

Brandon Robinson admits the beginning of his senior season was a little uncomfortable.

A quiet, unassuming fixture in Douglasville (Ga.) Douglas County’s lineups the last two years, Robinson was asked by his coach, Hollis Bethea, to do something different this year.

“He challenged me every day to be a leader for this team,” said Robinson. “He’d say, ‘That’s what we’re missing this year, I need you to step up.’ I had always taken a back seat on previous teams. I feel like I was much more of a leader and spoke up a lot more this year.”

Robinson responded by improving his overall game and vocal leadership, while helping the Tigers to 16 wins.

“On the court, I thought I became a force and became a better shooter,” he said. “I could always shoot, but I had a lot more confidence this year. I put fear in people every night. I felt like the other team’s focus was to stop me and as the season went on I faced a lot of double teams and box-and-1 defenses. The teams put a lot of emphasis on stopping me and when that happened it was easy to find my teammates and get them going.”

Robinson scored 25 or more points 13 times, including a season-high 36 points (11-19 FG, 6-8 3FG, 8-12 FT) against Newman (Ga.) High School in early December. His high school career came to an end in the first-round of the Georgia 6A playoffs against Covington (Ga.) Newman High School on Feb. 17.

“My four years of high school went by really fast,” Robinson explained. “It was unfortunate that it went the way it did. I felt we were capable of going further, but it just didn’t go our way. My dad told me the biggest thing now is that you’ve got to let this go and start getting ready for North Carolina.”

Shortly after Douglas County’s loss, Robinson received a call from UNC assistant coach Hubert Davis. Not only was Davis the lead assistant coach in Robinson’s recruitment, but he’s also become a good friend and mentor for Robinson.

“Coach Davis told me to rest and just get away from basketball for a while,” Robinson said. “He told me to get my body back to 100 percent because of the long year. He’s been telling me that after some rest to get ready and work. He wants me to be able to come in and contribute next year because he thinks I can help them a lot.”

“I’m very close to him,” Robinson continued. “I love talking to him and it’s not always about basketball and that makes our relationship better. It meant a lot for him to call because it showed he really does care about me as a person. I’m looking forward to being around him for the next four years because he’s a great person and a great family man.”

Like fellow signees Tony Bradley and Seventh Woods, and commitments Rechon “Leaky” Black and Jalek Felton, Robinson watches this year’s UNC team as much as he can.

“I love the way they play and how they get up and down the court,” he said. “They play very unselfish.”

When Robinson arrives in Chapel Hill in June, he already knows his path to potentially getting minutes on a team that could return all of its guards and wings other than senior Marcus Paige.

“Coach Williams told me that he needs someone to come in and be a good perimeter defender and who can knock down some shots,” Robinson said. “He said when he thinks of those two things, he thinks of me. In my workouts, I’ve been working on getting up a lot of shots, being more efficient, more consistent, studying the game and becoming a better defender. I’m seeing how the best college defenders play and figuring out what makes them great defenders.”

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