Robinson Talks AAU Play, Recruiting


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James Robinson

James Robinson ‘s performance on the AAU circuit this month caught the attention of Pittsburgh’s Jamie Dixon and UCLA’s Ben Howland, the former going so far as to extend an offer to the 6’3″, 200-pound DeMatha (Hyattsville, MD) guard. Pitt now joins two ACC schools, including UVa, and one other Big East program as the current main contenders for the talented rising senior.

“There is nothing really new to report in terms of what schools I will visit, but right now I’m looking at Pitt, Miami, Virginia, and Notre Dame,” said Robinson when asked for the latest on his recruitment. All four programs have offered.

Team Takeover was one of the most successful AAU programs of the summer, going 15-0 in the Nike EYBL qualifier in Hampton and making it to the EYBL finals at the Peach Jam. Robinson, primarily a point guard but also a two guard for the team, discussed his performance in July.

“I think I was just able to go out and play my game,” he said. “[Team Takeover Head] Coach [Keith] Stevens and [DeMatha Head] Coach [Mike] Jones are always telling us, ‘Don’t do anything you are not capable of doing.’ I played hard on both ends. I tried to be an extension of the coach. I think Coach Dixon from Pitt and Coach Howland from UCLA saw that.”

Robinson will head to Portland next week for the Global Challenge, but his AAU career with Team Takeover is now finished. The comaraderie he enjoyed with those teammates is something he is looking for in finding the right college fit.

“Definitely, when I look back, it was a great experience playing with those guys,” Robinson said. “It made the summer so much fun. In a lot of games, we would just break out laughing in the middle of the game. That’s how much fun we were having. We all worked equally as hard. We definitely went at each other in practice, but when also knew when it was time to have fun. It was a good mixture.”

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