Posted On: 10/7/19 5:11 PM
The New Town Titans enter the 2019-20 season as the defending Baltimore County champions. With that, brings high expectations and the expectancy to finish among the top again. With a bit of a roster overhaul, it’ll be much more challenging to repeat as champions. Fortunately they return their senior point guard Martaz Robinson, who is proven to be one of the best players in the county.
Robinson was a key ingredient in their championship recipe last season with his ability to control a game, score from all three levels and get his teammates involved.
The 6-foot-2 guard knows what’s at stake and understand the challenges that come with defending a title. However, Robinson has accepted the fact that he will have to fill multiple roles with the new look roster.
“This season is gonna be a little hard and challenging for us,” Robinson told Prep Hoops. “We got a bunch of young guys that really don’t know how to play varsity level, but we’re gonna work with them every day to get them ready and compete.”
Despite the slew of youth, Robinson said that the expectations do not change for the team. He said confidently, “The expectations are still to defend the county and go to states.”
“My role has changed in a major way,” Robinson continued, “because last year I was passing the ball a lot to our scorers, but now I have to be more aggressive overall and score to put points on the board for us.”
Robinson is a savvy floor general that can score efficiently from all three levels both off the catch and off the dribble. His size and quickness allow him to defend both guard spots defensively and he effectively makes the ball handler turn when guarding the length of the floor.
Delaware state recently offered Robinson, giving him his first Division I offer to date. Other programs such as UMBC and Siena are tracking his progression closely. What coaches are really waiting to see with him is a sustained aggression as a scorer. He’s proven to be a solid set-up point guard and while there have been stretches where he’s shown to be a very dynamic scorer, college programs want to see it become a routine thing. I recently saw Robinson play in fall league action where he looked extremely aggressive attacking the rim. Just about every occasion resulted in a basket or a foul.
This year for the Titans, Robinson will be expected to score in the 15-17 points per game range. If he can do so, it wouldn’t shock me to see another program be convinced enough to throw a second offer his way.