Robinson receiving new attention, offers

Every spring, unsigned seniors find themselves as hot commodities as college coaches look to fill holes in rosters for the following season. Typically, those seniors are late bloomers or players that suddenly begin getting recruited at a higher level. Kenwood (IL) senior Nick Robinson has a slightly different story. Learn about the Chicago guard, and get the latest on his recruitment, inside.

Kenwood (IL) senior guard Nick Robinson is arguably the top remaining wing in Illinois in the 2016 recruiting class, and one of the top overall prospects remaining in the state. On Wednesday night, I caught up with Robinson to get the latest on his senior year and his college options.

Robinson listed himself as a 6’6, 200-pound guard who has seen his game, and positions, evolve over his high school career. “I’ve played varsity since I was a freshman,” Robinson began. “Over the four years I’ve played pretty much every position. I played center as a freshman because I was basically the biggest kid on my team. Right now I’m really a one, a two, or a three. In our last playoff game, my coach used me as a one.” At 6’6, 200-pounds, with elite athleticism, Robinson has all the attributes that college coaches look for on the perimeter. As a result, he had plenty of college options in the fall. When he committed to Indiana State.

Nick committed to Indiana State on October 28th, a decision that he explained to Hawk Hill Hardwood. “Earlier in the year both my brother and my father passed, so I sort of rushed into a decision. I just wanted to get it over with, so I committed. I hadn’t taken any official visits anywhere, not even Indiana State. Just an unofficial there. So my mom and I talked, and I thought I’d give myself a chance to see schools and talk to new schools and coaches.”

Which brings us to where Nick currently stands in his recruitment. “I have an offer from Saint Joseph’s, an offer from Saint Louis, and one from Valparaiso,” Nick began. “De Paul offered too. Then Cal and Wisconsin have been talking to me too,” he added.

St. Joe’s has been active in their pursuit of Nick Robinson, and he’s noticed. “The head coach came to our city championship game (against Simeon) and I talked with him then. He’s also coming back to see me on Sunday,” Nick explained. As far as official visits and a timeline, Nick has an idea of what he hopes to do. “As soon as our season ends and I can take visits, I’m going to. I definitely plan to see Saint Joseph’s, to take an official there. Saint Louis too.”

Kenwood’s state playoff run continues tomorrow night when they host Oak Park-River Forest for the regional title. With Phil Martelli watching him for the second time in the past few weeks, Saint Joseph’s is clearly making a push for the athletic 6’6 guard. Saint Louis, De Paul, Valparaiso, and more are also pushing for Robinson’s services. As Nick schedules visits and readies himself for a decision this spring, I will have all the latest details and updates here.

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