Justin Robinson saw his recruitment pick up over the AAU season, and drew rave reviews due to his high basketball IQ and superb ability to lead his team. On Monday evening, Maryland made the cut for the three-star floor general from Saint James.
With some good company, it’s widely believed, that Virginia Tech is the favorite. Personally, I think his recruitment is much more open than some may believe. The last two Crystal Ball predictions can give that impression, as Josh Stirn gave a cloudy pick while Jeff Ermann gave his Maryland pick. Nonetheless, it’s still early, but it seems that the former ACC rivals will eventually go head-to-head for his services.
Personally, Robinson is right behind Ohio native Esa Ahmad for the biggest target in this class. Robinson’s leadership and maturity is something that cannot be measured through stars and rankings. He’s a guy that makes everyone better on and off the court and a positive influence, which is something Maryland should be looking for more often. On the court, Robinson is a high-IQ point guard that makes the smart play, not the flashy one. Fundamentally, he’s very talented, and has a good enough shot to make him a constant threat.
After his visit to Maryland, Robinson told me that the visit to Maryland went “great,” as he toured the campus and basketball facilities. Robinson’s parents took the trip along with Turgeon and new director of basketball operations Nima Omidvar. He also mentioned that he and coach Dustin Clark stay in constant contact.
Evan Daniels of Scout tweeted this back in December, before Robinson’s recruitment really blew up.
It’s early, but making the cut is the first step for Maryland. Things will only heat up from here on out.