Robinson introduced as OSU head b-ball coach

HE LED A TURNAROUND at Brown the past two years, and that is surely what the Oregon State hoops program needs. Craig Robinson was named the 20th head coach of Oregon State's men's basketball program on Monday. In laying out his core philosophies, Beaver fans should expect to see a diverse group under Robinson, running the floor at a high tempo.

In a release, Robinson said his goal is to win championships at Oregon State, develop student-athletes for the next level on and off the court and create and maintain a positive culture. He said he'll accomplish this using:
• local, national and international recruiting
• up-tempo, unselfish offensive scheme
• 100% student-athlete graduation
• disciplined, team-oriented defense
• fundamental basketball skills

On the style of play he'll bring to Oregon State:
"I will coach to the strengths of the players I recruit. The foundation of my game plan will be an up-tempo, unselfish offense anchored by a disciplined, team-oriented defense. My staff and I will teach our players offensive and defensive fundamentals emphasizing an unselfish philosophy. This is extremely important today with respect to the lack of fundamentals taught to student-athletes before college, in addition to the influx of fundamentally sound international players."

On recruiting to OSU:
"I have recruited and will continue to recruit locally, nationally and internationally. Given my extensive relationships, I will recruit skillful, athletic and intelligent players whose goals are to win and learn. The players I recruit will be multi-dimensional and athletic. There will be a bias toward good shooters and defenders. Big men will be skillful runners who are comfortable on the perimeter. I have also spearheaded the development of an Internet-based recruiting tool that is currently being used by various Division I programs across the country.

"This tool enables me and my staff to communicate on a regular, systematic basis with hundreds of recruits annually. My ability to recruit talented players is based on my tremendous communication skills bolstered by my skills in evaluating and developing talent. This enables me to target prospects earlier and provide them with an honest evaluation of where they fit in my plans. I believe that this up-front honesty is key to getting in early with recruits and their families.

"My recruiting successes include: Michael Thompson, a former McDonald's All-American and Duke transfer who chose Northwestern over Notre Dame, UCLA, Texas and Ohio State; T.J. Parker, who was recruited by Marquette and Georgia Tech; and Vedran Vukusic, who turned down a pro contract to play for Northwestern."

On academics:
"Academics will never be compromised. My goal is to have a 100% graduation rate. I will recruit student-athletes who have graduation at the top of their priority list. My philosophy will be supplemented with very disciplined requirements enforced by the coaching staff. The academic coaches will supervise mandatory study halls on and off the road. Tutors will be allowed to travel with the team. Players will understand that academics are equally as important as athletics."

On dealing with media and public relations:
"My experience has allowed me to interact with the media from the time I was a player until now. Comfort with all media outlets is important and developing two-way relationships with the media is critical. Winning programs need positive media attention. Facilitating those relationships are a priority for me and my staff."

On fundraising, alumni relations and community involvement:
"My ability to speak to broad audiences coupled with my philanthropic experiences make me an ideal candidate to be an ambassador for any institution. My academic and athletic successes make me an excellent role model on or off the court. I have been and will continue to be active in conducting speaking engagements, fundraisers, clinics and camps in whatever community I reside."

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