When the June 15 deadline came for rising juniors, Brandon Robinson was one of the most sought after players in the nation.
The 6-foot-5 point guard from the Georgia Stars heard from 18 schools: Maryland, Tennessee, Cal, FSU, Clemson, UGA, LaSalle, Alabama, Texas, Stanford, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Penn, George Washington, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, George Mason and South Alabama, within 4 days after the deadline expired.
“Things have been going really well,” Robinson said. “Some schools have called my parents and my coaches as well, they haven’t reached out to me yet either. I got 16 calls in 2 days.”
Robinson says that staying close to home, and playing for a team that could compete every year is a big factor for him when he chooses a school.
“When Georgia Tech went to the Final Four when I was younger, that was a school that I really wanted to go to,” Robinson said. “If I went there, I would try to get some guys to come with me, and we could stay close to home. Quintez (Cephus) and I have spoken about getting together and playing with each other.”
Robinson and Cephus create a backcourt that is seriously formidable. With Abdulhakim Ado down low, the Georgia Stars are a team that will be a favorite to win Peach Jam not only in the 16U bracket this summer, but the 17U bracket next summer.
“We want to finish out number one in the country, stay undefeated and win Peach Jam and Nationals,” Robinson said.
Robinson knows that teams are shooting for the Stars at Peach Jam, and he acknowledges that the EYBL has some serious talent.
“Xavier Simpson from King James is really good,” Robinson said. “We played them at the Nike Memorial, they gave us a great game. I also played against Udoka (Azubuike) from Nike Team Florida earlier in the year and he’s a monster down low.”
With Robinson leading the show for the Stars, he’s on a mission to show that Georgia basketball is strong.
“Our goal is to get Georgia basketball back on the map,” Robinson said. “In 2016, we have a great class in Georgia. This year we’re shooting to win Peach Jam in 16U, and next year win it in 17U.”