Robinson Back in Action

Robinson Back in Action

Much of the focus in the point guard pursuit in 2015 for Illinois has been on Jalen Brunson and Jawun Evans. However, St. James High's Justin Robinson also holds an offer from the Illini and gives the latest here.

St. James High School (MD) point guard Justin Robinson is among a group of prospects the Illinois coaching staff has identified in their search for a 2015 point guard. The 6'1" guard plays with Boo Williams on the Nike EYBL circuit.

Robinson is a left-handed point guard with a strong upper body. The rising senior has quality vision as a distributor. He prefers pull-up jumpers and quick drives as scoring options.

His shot was a bit streaky at the Minnesota EYBL stop, but he did have an impressive stretch against Athletes First where he hit back-to-back triples and followed up with a no look dime to a teammate.

This spring Robinson has been hampered by an ankle injury, which limited his play with Boo Williams. Robinson discussed his spring playing in the Nike EYBL.

"It was good. It was an overall good process," he said. "I got better on and off the court. I learned a lot. It was pretty much a good spring except for an ankle injury. Besides that it was good."

Robinson understands that the recovery process takes some time, but he is progressing enough to get back on the court for his team.

"I am not fully 100%. I'm probably like 95%," Robinson said. "The rehab is coming along well. Just trying to get back to 100% and help my team in all ways possible."

Robinson gave the latest dish on the schools he is hearing from at this point in the recruiting process.

"Virginia Tech, Providence, Illinois, Louisville, UMass, Penn State, Old Dominion, Radford, Maryland, George Washington," he said.

Illinois was one of a few schools that extended a scholarship offer to Robinson this spring. He recalled how the offer went down.

"It was right at the start of the live period when coaches could visit," he said. "Coach Ford and Coach Groce came and saw me at school. He offered me at breakfast."

The St. James point guard was thrilled about the offer from the Big 10 program.

"It is exciting," Robinson said. "I am blessed to just be in this process. The whole process is exciting. When he offered me I had a grin on my face."

It is still in the fairly early stages with Robinson getting to know the Illini coaching staff, but he says he has enjoyed getting to know head coach John Groce and assistant Dustin Ford.

"So far with the relationship we have built, they have shown they are great guys on and off the court," he said. "They like relationships with their players and the way they present themselves is amazing."

Illinois is known for running a lot of ball screen action. It is a system that benefits point guards proficient at coming off of screens well. Robinson explained how his game would potentially fit in Champaign.

"I think I could fit into any system," he said. "Lately on the AAU circuit I have been doing well with a lot of ball screens. Their ball screen system would fit me really well."

He went on to explain why his versatility would allow him to fit in almost any system.

"I believe my strength is being a floor general on the court," Robinson said. "Pretty much get my teammates around me better no matter what I have to do. Score, play defense, or rebound. Anything it takes to get my team better I do."

Robinson's recruitment still has a ways to go, and a decision will not be made for several months. He told us when he would ultimately like to decide.

"Probably by next fall," he said. "After Peach Jam we are going to see how things go and see if I can cut down my list."

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