LSU Tigers' 7-Foot, 300-Pound Freshman Elbert Robinson Could Be Biggest Surprise in College Basketball

By Taylor Sturm
LSU Basketball
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When looking at the SEC’s recruiting class of 2014, the players who jump to mind first tend to be the freshman belonging to the Kentucky Wildcats. With four five-star recruits in Karl Towns Jr., Trey Lyles, Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker, it’s no wonder that Kentucky leads the SEC recruiting rankings.

However, one of the best additions to any team in the SEC isn’t a Wildcat at all; it’s incoming freshman center for the LSU Tigers, Elbert Robinson.

Robinson is seven-feet tall and weighs approximately 300 pounds; that’s huge for a freshman basketball player. His size is what most people talk about, but don’t be fooled. Robinson is a lot more than just a big body; he’s a talented player who played well during high school at Lakeview Centennial in Garland, TX. He has the touch of a much smaller power forward, but the size of a game-changing center.

A little raw, Robinson is going into an ideal situation with the Tigers. After the departure of star player Johnny O’Bryant III, Robinson should see immediate playing time for LSU. By thrusting Robinson into a young line-up, Tigers’ head coach Johnny Jones is giving him a trial by fire and the young player should learn very quickly to adjust to the college game. Like Kansas’s Joel Embiid from a year before, Robinson will improve with every minute he sees on the court.

Not only will Robinson have success with the Tigers during the 2014-15 college basketball season, he has the size and the ability to be a future star in the NBA. With a big upcoming season, he could easily make his way into the discussion for a 2015 NBA Draft lottery pick.

So don’t get dazzled by all the stars that come before each name on the Wildcats’ list of incoming freshman recruits, because the biggest and most underrated recruit of all belongs to LSU.

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