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UNC Basketball Recruit Intro: Jeremiah Robinson

Roy Williams watched the sophomore forward in Kansas last month.

Putting up a double double against Tulsa (Okla.) Nathan Hale was one of the bigger accomplishments in the young career of Jeremiah Robinson.

Nathan Hale wasn't the toughest opponent Robinson and Mission (Kan.) Bishop Miege have faced this season. The game, played in Coffeyville, Kansas, wasn't for a state title or for bragging rights.

It was, however, a brief look into how Robinson, a 6-9, 220-pound forward, approaches the game.

He plays with energy, he leads his team and he'll do whatever it takes to win. Even with a stomach virus that caused him to lose nearly 15 pounds in a couple days. Even with Roy Williams watching.

"We were so excited when we found out Coach (Roy) Williams and Coach (C.B.) McGrath were coming all the way out to Coffeyville to see Jeremiah," said his mother, Katie Robinson. "It was unfortunate because Jeremiah was really only there physically, he wasn't there mentally or athletically because he was so sick. At that point, he hadn't eaten in about week."

That didn't stop Robinson from putting up 13 points and 12 rebounds in Bishop Miege's 80-55 win.

"It was bad," Jeremiah Robinson explained. "I was feeling out of it, but I was able to find a way to not get tired. I found a way to get through the game. It was kind of cool that a coach of his (Williams's) caliber came all the way to Coffeyville to watch me."

That desire to win, Katie Robinson says, is one of Jeremiah Robinson's best traits. It's also one of the reasons he's such a sought-after recruit, despite being a sophomore.

"He's a natural leader and he brings so much energy to the game, even when he's sick," she said. "I told Coach (C.B.) McGrath that's what I want them to see the most - the energy and passion he brings to the game."

For Bishop Miege, Jeremiah Robinson plays mostly in the post. He could see that changing in college.

"I'm a really hard worker and I bring everything I can to every single game," he said. "I'm a good rebounder and inside player. I've been working on my shot and it's been getting better. The shooting coach I use has been helping a lot as I'm trying to become more of a '3' and become more versatile. I would really like to play a '3' spot in college. I like getting the ball, ball handling, taking jump shots and stuff like that."

Jeremiah Robinson holds offers from Wake Forest, Creighton, Kansas, Washington, Oklahoma, Kansas State and Iowa. In November, he and his mother visited Wake Forest and UNC. He's also taken trips to Kansas, Notre Dame and Oklahoma.

"I took in a practice in the morning before the football team played Georgia Tech," said Jeremiah Robinson. "We took a tour around their brand new facilities because it was like two weeks after they finished it all. I checked out the weight room, the coach's offices and then we toured around the campus a little bit. It was really nice."

Added Katie Robinson: "We had never been to North Carolina and I can say Jeremiah thoroughly enjoyed the visit. We didn't fly out until Monday after the football game. So on Sunday we went back to the campus when there wasn't so much traffic. We had a nice time."

Lester Earl, Jeremiah Robinson's father, played for Williams at Kansas in the late 1990s. So he's fairly familiar with UNC's head coach.

"Coach Williams talks about family a lot," Jeremiah Robinson said. "(UNC) is a legendary organization and very highly spoken of as a program. Plus it's had a lot of legendary players."

Williams first watched Robinson in Indianapolis, on the Under Armour circuit, last spring. McGrath followed up with an evaluation visit to a Bishop Miege practice in the fall. Katie Robinson feels UNC's interest in her son is high.

"His recruitment is absolutely wide open," she said. "He's really enjoying it right now. I had a really nice conversation with Coach Williams (after the November visit) and he said he was excited to recruit Jeremiah and really wanted to give him that offer."

Though he's not close to a decision, Jeremiah Robinson and his mother have talked about the people - and things - that will help him make a college choice.

"I trust him," Katie Robinson said. "He's wise beyond his years. He will absolutely decide where he feels most comfortable and we'll talk about it. What we pray for every night is that through the recruiting process, when it's time for him to decide where he needs to go, that it's made very clear. That he doesn't have to drag things out like some players do because they're not sure where they're supposed to be. We pray that it'll click and he'll be exactly where he's supposed to be."


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