After visiting Pittsburgh on Saturday, James Robinson (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha Catholic), the No. 49 player overall and the No. 6 point guard in the country, committed to the Panthers on Sunday.
"I liked Pittsburgh for a while but I think [Saturday] after the visit on the way home, my parents and I talked," Robinson said. "This morning I woke up and it just hit me. It's the right fit for me."
This summer Robinson hit his stride and was lauded for his outstanding performance at the NBPA Top 100 Camp and also for his leadership with the Team Takeover traveling squad. The club finished the EYBL regular season 15-0 and captured the inaugural EYBL title in the summer of 2010.
Robinson's gift is his ability to lead, assimilate within a team concept and use his cerebral play to galvanize a unit. He's been a consistent winner his entire career at DeMatha and in travel team ball. Known for his competitiveness, his father said that winning the right way was ingrained in him from a young age.
"We don't believe in the 'I' conversation around here," James Robinson Sr. said. "When he was 4 or 5 years old we made a habit of talking about winning and doing it the right way. There's a way to win or lose and how to compete."
There are kids who talk about loving basketball and then there are kids who are students of the game. Robinson, according to Keith Stevens, his Team Takeover travel team coach, knows all of his weaknesses and plays with an edge that makes him mentally strong.
"The thing that he does, he really studies the game," said Stevens. "He knows he's not the quickest or the most athletic. He just asks questions. With this decision, he had to go somewhere he wasn't going to lose. We lost four games all summer and he cried after every one one of them. He couldn't go somewhere and learn how to lose. He's a trickster, he's an old-school guy that finds a way."
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