On the eve of the Pittsburgh Panthers‘ final home game of their Big East career, many thoughts must be going through head coach Jamie Dixon‘s mind – if they can win, what rotations to use, or if his team should start to rest players, and so on.
Something that used to travel through his cranium, but now doesn’t, is the play of freshman James Robinson.
It was never a question of his skill set. Dixon has always believed in Robinson as a player – I mean he recruited him while Robinson was in ninth grade. It is more of his growth mentally than a general overall talent rating. For Dixon, while Robinson was a key player early in the year, he is now excelling in almost every major facet of the game.
Here is Dixon on Robinson(Quotes are credited to Trib Total Media):
“He’s done a lot of good things. Ball movement, he’s knocking down free throws. I know he’s going to be a good shooter for us. We just got to get him taking that right shot at the right time.”
“The defending part of it, he’s picked it up to a high level early in the freshman year. That’s rare. He has good size, good athletic ability and smarts. He takes pride in what he is doing defensively.”
The scary part of Robinson’s game, who also happens to lead the Big East in assist to turnover ration margin, is that Dixon feels he isn’t even close to reaching his potential.
“He’s still figuring things out. He doesn’t quite understand what I’m saying at times and that’s normal for a freshman, for a lot of guys.”
Robinson is only a role-player for Pitt at the moment. However, if we are to believe the hype around him as well as Dixon’s praise, the future is very bright for the freshman.
Plus, his jersey number is 0 (zero). You have to end up being good if you dare rock that as your number.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow Joe on Twitter @JosephNardone