H: 6' 9"|
W: 225 lbs
(25 Years Old)
|RSCI: 143 ||
High School: Lawrence North
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Jeff Robinson had a pretty solid game, but don’t get fooled by his high point total, as all of them were scored in a complementary role. Not to discredit Robinson, as he did an excellent job scoring when the opportunities came to him, but he didn’t create any of his own offense, and that doesn’t seem to be his game at this level of his development.
Robinson scored all seven of his baskets off assists by his teammates, and he may not have put a single dribble down prior to any of those scores. He hit three spot-up three-pointers, mostly in halfcourt sets, where he exhibits pretty good form, though he tends to push forward a bit on his release with some of his deeper shots. He also scored four times in transition, twice on lay-ups and twice on jams, most of which were on uncontested breakaways.
Robinson should do a good job providing scoring for Memphis next season, doing so on finishes at the hoop and with his spot-up outside shot, both of which are more than serviceable weapons. He’d do himself well to work on his ball-handling and mid-range game, though, so he could become a more complete scorer and step out of the complementary role.
The only thing that keeps Robinson off of the first team is the fact that his size makes him a small forward on the pro level and he is more of a power forward in the half court right now. Robinson will have plenty of time to develop his game at Memphis, where John Calapari’s uptempo style should play right into his hands.
Robinson is a great athlete. He had three plays that were absolutely superb in this regard. On the first play of the game, Robinson caught an alley-oop from the baseline and finished with two hands high above the rim. The second was a full court fast break by the opposition that Robinson tracked down and swatted so hard off the glass that the ball ricocheted off the glass and landed on press row at mid court. The third, a floater in the lane that Robinson got a late jump on, but was still able to elevate for the rejection while avoiding the goaltending call.
The third play was particularly important, not because it prevented a basket late in the game during his teams push to win, but because he recognized instantly that he should have simply taken the ball out of the air and secured the possession instead of hitting it out of bounds. The fact that Robinson could get up high enough that late in the shot and still have the ability to just “steal” the ball out of the air was impressive, but knowing the situational importance of the play without being told speaks volumes for his understanding of the game.
Robinson is a physical defender, using his body and keeping his hands and feet active defensively. He was matched up with a quicker player in Chace Stanback, but did a good job of forcing him to put the ball on the floor and creating off the dribble, not Stanback’s strength. Robinson also showed tremendous mental fortitude down the stretch of this game, his biggest plays on both ends of the court came in the last 5 minutes of the game when his team was down and needed a spark. His ball-handling is inadequate for a small forward at this point and his shot needs to become his primary offensive base, but the makings of a big time college player are there.