Gorgui Dieng and Louisville. Anthony Davis and Kentucky. Alex Oriakhi and Connecticut.
The last three NCAA men's basketball champions have all featured a future NBA center patrolling the paint.
The SMU basketball team has not had a dominating presence in the post in recent memory, and this is a big reason that the Mustangs have not made the NCAA Tournament since their first round-loss to BYU in 1993.
But if the Mustangs' recruitment of four-star center Elbert Robinson goes according to plan, they may finally have the missing piece to get them back into March Madness.
The rising senior from Lakeview Centennial could see himself staying staying close to home and playing at SMU next year.
"My interest level in SMU is very high," Robinson says. "I'm strongly considering it."
SMU head coach Larry Brown had a front row seat to watch Robinson play recently at the Great American Shootout in Duncanville.
Robinson's AAU team, the LBA Seawolves, played against the Texas Titans. While the Seawolves were unable to keep up with the loaded Titans in the end, Robinson was the main force keeping them in the game.
He had an uncanny ability to find and pass to the man cutting to the basket for an easy look. When he was battling in the post, Robinson was able to back down fellow SMU recruits Djery Baptiste and Tyler Davis and even threw down a few monster dunks.
For his part, the center was excited about getting to showcase his talent in front of Brown and says he could learn a lot from him.
"He was an NBA coach," Robinson said. "He was a Hall of Fame coach and a great coach. It would be a great opportunity to play for him."
Robinson currently has SMU on his short list of schools, which also includes Louisville, Georgetown, Ohio State, Kansas, Georgia Tech and Oklahoma State. Robinson will be on the Hilltop for a visit soon and says he enjoyed his time at SMU last season.
"My visit was nice. I had a great time," Robinson said. "I heard they're building a new arena so I want to see that this year."
Robinson also hopes to visit Georgetown and Louisville next month.
"They said they would be a big asset to their program," Robinson said. "I know they have a great staff and it's nice over there. With Louisville, I am going to check it out."
Robinson, who has been recruited by coach Ulric Maligi and has received an SMU offer, is listed at 6-foot-11 and 260-pounds but has weighed as much as 325-pounds. Watching him at the Great American Shootout, Robinson tired easily and had to take breathers often.
This durability is something that Robinson will have to improve on to be a dominant big man at the college level. But he's working on it.
"I still have some more weight to lose, but I've been doing a lot of core workouts, practicing harder and just eating right," he said.
Robinson plans on making his decision some time this fall.
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