At the beginning of Justin Robinson’s junior year, the 6-foot-1 point guard was known as a player with loads of potential but no scholarship offers. Almost a year later, following a strong junior campaign during his first year at Saint James after transferring from Montrose Christian, Robinson’s recruitment has elevated to the point where Monday, he felt the need to narrow down his list that had nearly 20 suitors.
In a Monday night interview with The Post, Robinson said he had trimmed his college list to six schools, in no particular order: UNLV, Maryland, Temple, Virginia Tech, Creighton and Providence. Robinson has taken unofficial visits to Maryland, Temple and Virginia Tech and plans to see the other three before making his commitment either “right before the basketball season or right after the season starts.”
A leg injury sidelined Robinson for part of this summer as a part of the Boo Williams AAU team, but the floor general is widely lauded for his sound dribbling skills, quick first step, strong scoring ability and an evolving court awareness that elevates the play of those around him.
On Monday, Robinson offered his thoughts on each of his final six schools:
UNLV: “Ever since they’ve been recruiting me, they’ve been consistent. They’re a school on the West Coast with a pretty good background. They’re a program that’s on the rise and I could see myself playing in their fast-paced offense.”
Maryland: “I think the roster would be a perfect fit for me, with the guards they have in [former O’Connell All-Met] Melo [Trimble] and Jared [Nickens]. I could see myself playing with them and us being a very good team in two years. The coaching staff has been looking at me for a while, and we’ve built a great relationship.”
Virginia Tech: “They’re basically the same situation as Maryland with their open roster slots and the way I see myself fitting there at a school that’s close to home. Coach [Buzz] Williams offered me the first day he got the job, so that made me feel good and they’ve been recruiting me hard ever since.”
Temple: “They’ve been recruiting me since my Montrose days, and they have two family members in [former Montrose Christian forward] Mark Williams and [former Saint James swingman] Obi [Enechionyia]. It’s close to home and right in Philly, where my mom grew up, so I’m used to being in the area some. It’s a great environment and I have a good relationship with the coaches and I think by the look of things, they’ll need a point guard in 2015.”
Creighton: “That’s a good fit, also, at a good school out in the Midwest. Their program has been one of the top teams every year recently and they have a background in letting guards go and spreading the floor. Coach [Greg] McDermott seems like he’s a players coach, and that’s of course a good thing.”
Providence: “When me and Coach [Ed] Cooley started interacting, we’ve had a great relationship from the jump. The last two point guards they’ve had have scored 2,000 points and had 700 assists for their career, I believe, so that shows that they let them play and give them a lot of opportunities to make plays. That’s a good look, in my eyes.”