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Posted On: 12/1/17 5:56 PM
When you take a hotbed for high school basketball talent like the city of Baltimore, it’s only right that the majority of attention be on the city and private school teams of the area. One thing about any state or city though, is the players who play in surrounding areas that are diamonds in the rough. Junior guard Avion Robison is included in that category for Old Mill High School.
After getting off to an 18-0 start, the Patriots ended their season with an impressive 22-3 overall record. Ultimately, they came up short in the regional semifinals. As a sophomore, Robinson led the pack averaging 17 points per game and was the catalyst for the Patriots’ attack. The 6’0 guard was voted as a first-team All Anne Arundel County selection.
One thing about Robinson’s game that is undeniable is his ability to put the ball in the basket. He’s a quick, but physical guard that plays with a hard-nosed mentality. That mentality helps in his takes to the rim, giving him the ability to finish through contact. Robinson can also shoot off the dribble or off the catch with decent efficiency. Because he has the ball in his hands the most, it’s important to keep his defender on their toes. The ability to score it from all three levels is what opposing coaches game plan for when they see Old Mill on their schedule.
Keeping all this in mind, Robinson had many things he wanted to improve on this past spring/summer with his AAU program, Cecil Kirk.
“I just want to work on getting my team involved more,” Robinson said. “Making plays with the intentions of getting one of my teammates open for an open shot.”
Robinson is the go-to option both on his high school team and AAU team, so for long stretches of games, he needs to keep the scoring mindset. He knows what type of scorer he is, so to start out games, he takes a different approach.
“I like to get my teammates involved as much as possible to start games,” Robinson told PrepHoops. “I know that I can get going when I have to, but if I get my teammates hot first, it makes the game a lot easier for everyone.”
For the upcoming season, the Patriots are expected to have another very strong team. With the addition of a few key transfers, their roster has come together with a good mixture of experience and skill. Robinson will once again be the motor that head coach Mike Francis leans on to make winning plays, and if he translates him improvements from the summer, Robinson will be ready to answer the call.
Thus far, Robinson hasn’t received any consistent interest from any schools. When asked what he will bring to a collegiate program, Robinson didn’t hesitate.
“I’m a play maker that likes to get his team involved. A team player. I just have a lot of passion for the game, man. I love this game.”