Posted On: 10/27/15 10:00 PM

The whirlwind recruiting trip through the Midwest last week was about motivation for Cole Robinson.

While visiting Doane College, Coe College, Morningside and Nebraska Wesleyan on the road trip, Robinson, a 6-foot-2 senior guard at Thompson Valley, felt growing anticipation for his impending college experience, yes. But it was more than that, too. It was about remembering how excited he was to get back to basketball, something that hasn’t always been easy to do the past five months.

“To see those guys who were all playing hard and getting after that, it was that motivation I needed to keep grinding,” Robinson said.

Grinding has been a way of life for Robinson since the end of June, when he suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during a practice with his Colorado Titans club team. There was shearing pain – “like a bullet shooting through your knee,” Robinson said. “I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy” – and frustration for a player whose sophomore season was largely wiped out by two broken wrists.

Robinson, after extensive research and consultation with his family, opted for a knee repair as opposed to a reconstruction, quickening the timetable for a return to

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