Nov. 11, 2011
Guard, 6-3, 190, Mitchellville, Md./DeMatha Catholic H.S.
A point guard and consensus top-60 national recruit, James Robinson has been described as a consistent winner, floor general, student of the game, first-class leader and competitor who makes teammates better around him. He is a player who works hard on perfecting his game, displays a high basketball IQ and makes the right plays on the court. Robinson is a great passer who is skilled at penetrating into the lane off the dribble. A true winner with the ability to lead, he does a superb job of helping his team when it needs it most. His strengths include ball handling, passing, a strong mid-range game and competitive nature. A physically strong all-around player, he has been described as solid in every aspect of the game. More than anything, Robinson is a winner, tough mentally and an excellent floor leader. He has been known to totally control a game with brains and leadership.
Entering his senior season at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md. where he plays for head coach Mike Jones...Already has led DeMatha to 90 wins, three consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference titles, three city titles and the 2011 Alhambra Catholic Tournament title...Named Second Team All-MET by the Washington Post as a junior...Led DeMatha to a top-20 national ranking, the WCAC title, city championship, Alhambra Tourney title, a 29-7 overall and 12-5 league-best record as a junior...Earned votes for the ESPN High School Mr. Basketball Award...In 35 games, averaged 10.1 points per game (345 points) and shot 72 percent (108-150) from the free throw line...Converted two free throws to seal the Abe Pollin City Title Game victory at the Verizon Center over Theodore Roosevelt, 52-50...Scored a season-high 26 points on 10 field goals vs. Jesuit H.S. (Texas)...Finished with 21 points vs. I.C. Norcom...Defeated arch-rival Gonzaga, 51-48, in the WCAC title game...Guided the Stags to the championship and selected Most Valuable Player of the 2011 Les Schwab Invitational...Helped guide DeMatha to a 32-4 overall record, WCAC championship, city championship and second place finish at the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament during his sophomore season...Averaged 10.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game and shot 59 percent from the floor as a sophomore...Played varsity basketball as a freshman...Hit three jumpers in the final 2:30 of play in the WCAC title game against Gonzaga, a 62-61 DeMatha win...Played for USA East in the Nike Global Challenge in Hillsboro, Oregon..Plays AAU basketball with Team Takeover for head coach Keith Stevens...Led Team Takeover to the Nike Peach Jam title in 2010...Finished with an outstanding performance at the NBPA Top-100 Camp in 2010 while leading his squad to the title...In July, 2011, guided Team Takeover to a 15-0 EYBL regular season record and the EYBL title...Scored 24 points, hit all 10 of his free throw attempts and grabbed eight rebounds in leading Team Takeover to a EYBL title game win over the St. Louis Eagles...Ranked the nation's No. 3 point guard by MaxPreps.com...Rated the nation's No. 49 player overall and No. 6 point guard by ESPN-U...Rated the nation's No. 55 player nationally by 247Sports.com...Ranked the nation's No. 56 player overall and No. 8 point guard by Rivals.com...Rated the nation's No. 66 player by MaxPreps.com...Ranked the nation's No. 94 player overall and No. 17 point guard by Scout.com.
Born James Robinson III on March 4, 1994...Son of James, Jr. and Rayna Robinson...Committed to Pitt on August 21, 2011, one day after taking his unofficial visit to campus...Committed to Pitt saying "it was the right fit for me" and that he "enjoyed the campus, wanted to play for Jamie Dixon and would be proud to attend a top-10 academic university"...Nicknamed "Mr. Consistent" by his high school coach...Also chose Pitt because of its proximity to home and the fact that Pitt fit his list of what he wanted in a program...Wears jersey No. 3...Pitt recruited him since the ninth grade...Selected Pitt over Virginia, Notre Dame and Miami, Fla....Also considered offers from Georgetown, Maryland, Oklahoma, Rutgers, Marquette, Wake Forest and West Virginia.
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