Justin Robinson Opens Up: Part 1

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Justin Robinson, Virginia Tech
Justin Robinson had a great career for Virginia Tech, and helped the Hokies advance to the Sweet 16 as a senior. (DL Action Sports)

(Note: the entire video interview with Justin Robinson is included at the bottom of this article.)

Buzz Williams was the type of coach at Virginia Tech who put the ultimate trust in his players, especially his point guard Justin Robinson. Oftentimes in the midst of the huddle during a timeout, it was Robinson who was drawing up what play needed to be called. 

Robinson was the direct extension of Williams on the court. In fact, the head whistle would get mad at Robinson for asking for a breather after a mistake because the floor general was only going to get better by playing through the mistakes.

It’s why with Virginia Tech trailing Duke 75-73 with 5.8 seconds remaining and a berth in the Elite Eight on the line, Williams defaulted to the play call that Robinson and his senior teammates wanted.

“Like I said how Buzz let us do certain things in the huddle, it’s a two-point game and he’s drawing up a play to go to the rim,” Robinson said. “All of the seniors look at each other and we’re like, ‘We want to go for the win.’ We draw up a play for