Growing up in the shadow of College Park, Stanford Robinson followed Maryland basketball attending the occasional game and becoming a fan of former Terps guard Greivis Vasquez. Little did Robinson know, however, that he’d eventually receive a scholarship offer from the Terrapins.
“Coach [Mark] Turgeonwas at my game Friday and my coaches were telling me he was going to offer,” said Robinson, a 6-foot-3 junior guard at Paul VI in Fairfax, Va. “He called me on Saturday and offered. He told me he likes my style of play and definitely wants to have me at Maryland and wanted to offer a full scholarship.”
Robinson, who resides in Landover, a short drive from College Park, is averaging more than 15 points to lead Paul VI, which has recently knocked off Washington Catholic Athletic Conference powers DeMatha and Gonzaga to retain an unblemished conference record and gain control of the No. 1 spot in the ultra-competitive WCAC.
Robinson, who had a strong summer on the AAU circuit last year with Team Takeover, has emerged as one of the most prized guards in the region in the 2013 class, with offers from Virginia, Pitt, Miami, Rutgers, N.C. State, Virginia Tech, Xavier, Villanova and others. What was it, exactly, that Turgeon saw in Robinson during his two recent scouting trips to watch the highly-sought combo guard?
“He told me he liked my floor leadership, my change of pace, which I’ve been working on, and how I play the game,” he said.
Robinson’s been focused on his season and wasn’t planning to check out any college games until the spring, but said he plans to head to a Maryland game sometime soon. He’s spoken on numerous occasions with assistant coach Dalonte Hill.
“That’s a game I could make because it’s so close,” he said.
Speaking of which, Maryland’s nearby location makes the Terps appealing to Robinson.
“Getting offered by the hometown school is kind of special because it’s right in your backyard, so it’s a special offer,” he said.
Still, Robinson’s recruitment figures to be a competitive battle. Most of the region’s top programs have offered or expressed interest, and he’s sure to add more national suitors before making his decision; he plans to do so at the end of this summer. While Maryland is relatively new to his recruitment, Virginia’s been making a push for some time.
"Every time I turn my head, I see Coach Bennett or Coach Williford or Coach Sanchez in the stands," Robinson told Wahoos247. "I actually believe that they are at every game."
Still, he told IMS he’s got no favorites.
“As of right now, all of the schools that have offered, I’m giving them equal attention,” he said.
Robinson said he’s only seen Maryland play here and there this season, but will be paying extra attention now that the Terrapins have put an offer on the table.
“I like how coach Turgeon is letting them play in a good structure, and I feel like that’s a good thing,” he said. “I wasn’t really paying a lot of attention to Maryland after Gary Williams retired, but with coach Turgeon now I’m going to pay more attention.”