Perspective on Pitt commit Nair Robinson

University of Pittsburgh Head Basketball Coach Jamie Dixon received great news on Tuesday when rugged 2008 swingman Nasir Robinson from Chester, PA verbally committed to Pitt. The recently spoke with his AAU coach to gain perspective on his abilities. Read on for details.

Pitt Head Basketball Coach Jamie Dixon received his first verbal commitment for the class of 2008 on Tuesday when blue-chip swingman Nasir Robinson (6-foot-5 inches, 220 pounds) from Chester High School in Chester, PA verbally committed to the Panthers. He chose the Panthers over scholarship offers from Villanova and Miami (FL).

Robinson has been described as a "perfect fit" for the physical style of play often associated with Pitt basketball. "When we first watched Nasir, I immediately thought of Pittsburgh. It seemed like he was meant to play for the Panthers," stated National Basketball Analyst Dave Telep. "Pitt was the only school I could think of when I watched him play. He has the toughness that Jamie Dixon looks for in basketball players. He's a Junkyard Dog that's not scared to mix it up. Nair is a top 100 talent."

To gain perspective on Robinson, the contacted AAU Team Final's Head Basketball Coach Rob Brown. Coach Brown has had the opportunity to work with Robinson and current Panther freshman small forward Gilbert Brown.

"Nasir is a strong 6-foot-5 inch, 220 pound small forward that happens to be a perfect fit for the Pitt basketball program," Brown said.

"Nasir is very versatile. He capable of playing the "2" (shooting guard), "3" (small forward) and "4" (power forward). I believe Coach Dixon will primarily use him as a small forward.

Pitt Assistant Coach Mike Rice Jr. was Robinson's primary recruiter. Nasir averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds per game for Chester High School (11-1). currently ranks him a "three-star" player.

"I have coached Nasir and Gilbert Brown, a player currently at Pitt," Brown said. "They play the same position but they are different players. Gilbert is more athletic and more of a perimeter player that can really shoot the ball. Nasir is a much more physical, gritty player that scores in a number of ways. He's more of a slasher that has no fear driving to the basket. Both players are strong rebounders. Nasir will mix it up more with bigger players in the paint."

"Nasir is working on making himself a better all-around player," Brown said. "He primarily needs to work on his shooting. Once he improves his perimeter shooting, the sky is the limit."

"Pitt picked up a relentless player that's a leader on and off the floor. He still has a ton of upside and I think Coach Dixon and staff will get the most out of him."

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