6′-3″ point guard James Robinson of DeMatha Catholic (MD) made his college decision today, verbally committing to Pittsburgh to end his recruitment, after an unofficial trip to campus. In Robinson, the Panthers have landed a player that is among the Top 100 in the Class of 2012, as well as a Top 10 point guard.
Virginia was unofficially considered the leader for Robinson’s services for awhile, so it is somewhat of a surprise that Robinson elected for Pittsburgh. Notre Dame was also a finalist for Robinson.
Robinson has arguably won more games than just about any player in the Class of 2012. Playing in an elite high school program that has been nationally ranked during his tenure, and in the top notch Team Takeover grassroots basketball program, Robinson is a true floor general and leader, that wins with alarming regularity. He has played with highly-talented teammates akin to what he will experience at the college level, and as a result has a game that will be ready to contribute at the college level.
Robinson will not show up on mixtapes for athletic dunks or highlight plays, but he is a player that plays basketball at a high-level and makes his teammates better. He’s a mature lead guard that will be the perfect complement to elite center pledge Steven Adams.
Make no mistake, Robinson’s addition to Pittsburgh is huge, and yet another in a long line of great fits to coach Jamie Dixon’s system at Pitt. In Robinson and Adams, Pittsburgh is well-positioned to replenish their program next season. With two seniors on the roster, the Panther may have concluded their recruiting for 2012.--------------------------------------------
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