Duke may be landing all the top big men in high school basketball, but their closest rivals are staking claim to
Less than a day after 6-foot-8 forward Javin DeLaurier announced he was headed to Duke, his fellow Class of 2016 four-star recruit Brandon Robinson announced he would be a North Carolina Tar Heel for college. Robinson, a 6-foot-5 star shooting guard for Douglas County High in Georgia, is one the better sharp shooters in the class and chose the Tar Heels ahead of in-state scholarship offers from Georgia Tech and Georgia, not to mention Florida State, Louisville and others. He’s athletic, he’s a wing, and North Carolina needed both in their forthcoming class.
Robinson should fit the bill for Coach Roy Williams and his staff.
“I’ve decided to go to North Carolina,” Robinson told Scout.com. “I’ve just prayed about it and thought about it for a long time. I compared it to all the others schools that were recruiting me based on the style of play and just the need for me there and the want for me there.”
Robinson’s pledge to North Carolina is yet another testament to the power that college coaches have over swaying teenagers’ opinions. The Georgia-native made it clear that it was Williams’ in home visit that proved the difference for the winger, with Williams giving Robinson a strong sense of where the North Carolina staff saw his talent taking him.
In the short run, it’ll take him to Chapel Hill, and not a moment too soon for North Carolina’s future roster depth.