Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
James Robinson had seen every other school he was considering.
But he wanted to check out Pittsburgh before making a decision.
After visiting the Big East school Saturday, Robinson pulled the trigger for the Panthers over Virginia and Notre Dame.
“The school is ranked Top 10…and everyone there is committed to developing better student athletes,” Robinson said by text.
He added: “I will do anything to help us win.”
The 6-foot-3 DeMatha Catholic point guard will be a proven winner and leader for Pitt, according to Team Takeover coach Keith Stevens.
“The thing that he does, he really studies the game,” Stevens told ESPN.com, which broke the story. “He knows he’s not the quickest or the most athletic. He just asks questions. With this decision, he had to go somewhere he wasn’t going to lose. We lost four games all summer and he cried after everyone one of them. He couldn’t go somewhere and learn how to lose. He’s a trickster, he’s an old-school guy that finds a way.”
Robinson has paid attention to the last two Pitt point guards, Levance Fields and Ashton Gibbs, now entering his senior season.
“Those two point guards, when they came in to to Jamie Dixon’s system they weren’t really superstars but they worked hard and the coaching staff was able to develop them as players,” he said earlier this month. “I’m going to work hard and let coach Dixon develop my game.”
As for his senior season, Robinson wants to help DeMatha win another WCAC Championship. They beat arch-rival Gonzaga, 51-48, last season to win their third straight title.
“Just win the championship,” Robinson said.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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