NBPA: Stanley Robinson Spotlight

RICHMOND, Va. --- Maybe Stanley Robinson has it all figured out. While others at the NBPA Camp yield to the pressure of high-level hoops, try to do too much or pout about lack of touches, Robinson has been able to relax and enjoy the experience. And few campers have played better this week.

He emerged on the national scene earlier this month at the USA Festival in San Diego, where he chose to take a back seat to the big scorers and still managed nine points and six boards per game.

"I was a team player there," Robinson said. "I didn't want to be selfish with the ball, so I was pretty much passing most of the time, but scoring at will when I needed to. I was having fun - that was my first [national] experience."

And he's taken the same approach to the NBPA Camp this week, and even though he's barely breaking the double-digit mark in scoring average, he's been impressive enough to be considered one of the camp's top performers.

"I'm just having fun while I'm at it and making sure to leave it all out on the floor," he said. "I'm just happy to be here and having fun."

Robinson stands 6-9, 205 and causes matchup problems for opponents. The wiry strong Birmingham, Ala. native outmuscles and outrebounds small forwards and flies right by power forwards. He recorded a number of follow dunks and runs the floor so well that he collected a number of dunks on the break.

"Nobody can stop me yet," Robinson said, and it's hard to dispute that.

While he's hit a couple three-pointers here when left alone, his offensive game isn't at the stage yet where he could be considered a real perimeter threat. At this point he's of the combo forward variety.

"I want to play the three position at the next level, but at the same time wherever my coach will put me at I'll play," he said. "But if they check me at the post position, that makes my opponent slower and I can pretty much do what I want with them. College coaches say that if I get a smaller opponent on me they'll want me down in the post because I can take him."

When prompted for an early list of schools, Robinson offered up "Duke, North Carolina, Maryland, Cincinnati, UConn, LSU, Alabama, Tennessee – everybody."

And when asked who had offered, he replied, "All of them."

While a scholarship offer from the likes of UNC and Duke cannot be confirmed by other sources, and Robinson may be misunderstanding what an offer consists of, he did provide further detail of what a Tar Heel assistant coach relayed.

"They told me they were going to be recruiting me hard," he said of UNC. "An assistant talked to my coach and they said they were going to come to my games. They said they were offering me a scholarship and for me to keep playing hard."

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