Point Guard Robinson Relishing Leadership Role

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Robinson played for Boo Williams on the AAU circuit.
Robinson played for Boo Williams on the AAU circuit.

Virginia Tech-bound point guard Justin Robinson has embraced the leadership role for Saint James (Hagerstown, MD) this season. The 6’1”, 185-pound prospect is a senior on a young Saints squad that is 11-6 heading into tonight’s match-up at Flint Hill.

“It’s tremendous I can learn the leadership role now,” Robinson said. “Coming in to Virginia Tech as a young point guard next year, I’ll have to know how to handle the team.”

The “mental part” is the area in which Robinson feels he has progressed the most, but he has certainly stepped up his game on the court as well. He estimates he is averaging 23 points (about nine more than he averaged last season) and seven assists per game. In a 68-65 loss to St. Andrew’s earlier this week, Robinson poured 30 points, draining four 3s and knocking down 12-of-13 free throws.

“I’ve improved a good amount,” Robinson said. “I’ve learned how to score more and I still get my team involved. I’m averaging almost a double-double (points-assists). I can get to the basket more. I’m in more of a scoring role this year, but I get the whole team involved. I’m getting rebounds and making assists.”

Robinson was a top priority for Buzz Williams, who was named Virginia Tech’s head coach last March. The talented point guard reflected on why he chose the Hokies over UNLV and Providence.

“Knowing that I’m going to be playing for a tremendous group of guys that have more of an outlook than just basketball,” Robinson said. “They are getting you ready for life beyond the basketball court. There is that connection plus the chance to turn things around and play in the best conference.”

Robinson has not seen a game live in Cassell this season, but that may change on Sunday.