Longtime mentor Tony Langley was the one who finally ordered the brothers to sport different hairstyles when they were in seventh grade after he grabbed for Andrew and instead sent Aaron into an AAU basketball game.
These days, the rising senior guards are more easily distinguishable – Andrew wears tightly twisted braids and Aaron maintains a close-cropped look – even if they’re still inseparable and their skills on the basketball court have become more alike.
At 6-foot-5, 195 pounds, Andrew Robinson has attracted college suitors with a deft outside touch and a willingness to crash the boards from years playing inside. Once several inches shorter than his brother, Aaron Robinson is now 6-foot-4, 185 pounds, boasting a similarly effective jump shot and superior ball-handling skills.
The Robinsons enter an important recruiting period with dreams of landing basketball scholarships to the same college and continuing their careers together.
“We’ve always said our plan is to stay together — That’s the goal,” said Andrew Robinson, who already has offers from Delaware and Robert Morris. “But if the opportunity presents itself and push comes to shove, we’ll go to different schools and that’s okay, too. At the end of the day, we’re going to do what’s best for each other.”
The next month will go a long way toward deciding the players’ futures. The brothers are slated to make stops together at several college team camps in the next few weeks and also will be active during the open recruiting period with their AAU team, D.C. Warriors. (They both play on the wing for a squad that features second-team All-Met Johnnie Shuler of Theodore Roosevelt at the point.)
After finishing among Montgomery County’s leading scorers this season at 17.5 points per game, Andrew Robinson has garnered more recruiting buzz. In addition to the two offers in hand, he expects another when he visits Holy Cross with Aaron later this week. He’s also had interest from Drexel, Towson, Quinnipiac, Fairfield, Loyola (Md.) and Princeton, among others.
“Instead of being just a shooter, I can be more of a scorer, an all-around player,” said Robinson of his focus for improvement during a busy summer.
Almost all those schools have also expressed some interest in Aaron but most coaches have said they need to see more before making an offer. The just-a-bit older brother came off the bench for the Blue Devils this season and averaged just 4 points per game.
“I feel like I’ve got a chip on my shoulder,” said Aaron Robinson, his confidence boosted by success in one-on-one games with Andrew. “I have to prove to everybody that I’m just as good as him.”
Andrew and Aaron Robinson won’t command near that hype, but they have a strong pedigree (Half-brother Billy Edelin was a second-team All-Met at DeMatha and won a national title at Syracuse.) and Springbrook Coach Tom Crowell said they share a passion for the game that has sparked continued improvement.
The Robinsons believe their on-court chemistry would be an asset at the next level, just as their similar sensibilities should help them find a school that fits them both, they say. (Andrew hopes to major in broadcast journalism and become a sportscaster, while Aaron is interested in studying communications to go into a similar field.)
Over the next month, the brothers will have the chance to prove it.
“We’ve been lucky to be able to play together,” Aaron Robinson said. “You always have somebody to work out with. We keep each other confident. He has my back. Hopefully, we’ll be able to go to the same college and keep it up.”
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