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Where are they now: Jeremy Robinson

Two years removed from a senior season at Northwestern High School that earned him Baltimore Sun second-team All-Metro honors, Jeremy Robinson has made a temporary home for himself down South.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder is the starting point guard for Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College (14-13, 3-8). Robinson, the Eagles' lone returning sophomore, averages 7.5 points, 2.8 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.04 steals per game.

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"Jeremy's a system guy and he's done pretty well," TCC coach Eddie Barnes said. "We've had to break some habits, like all kids coming out of high school transitioning into college. But he's a very solid point guard. He has a toughness about him. He has a good work ethic and he's shooting the ball a little bit better than when he came in. His decision-making is getting better. He's been very good on and off the court. We're happy to have him and he's going to graduate [later this year]."

According to Barnes, Robinson has received interest from Ball State, Wichita State, Mercer and several Sun Belt Conference schools.

"Jeremy's kind of one of those Catch 22s because of his size," Barnes said. "He's got a big heart, but sometimes his size ... doesn't allow him to play at the level that is similar to his toughness."

As a freshman at Tallahassee, Robinson was able to learn from Baltimore native Jermaine Dixon (the younger brother of former Terp Juan Dixon), who now starts for No. 4 Pittsburgh. Barnes said it's been a big challenge for Robinson to help make up for Dixon's departure.

"Being the only sophomore returning from last year, it's been kind of tough because we've asked him to do so much as far as being a leader and directing those freshmen," Barnes said. "As far as trying to fill the shoes of Jermaine, that's kind of tough. He's come a long way and I know he's reaping a lot of benefits from being able to play here. ... Jeremy's a very stable point guard who handles the ball, gets to the free-throw line, makes good decisions and passes."

Several Baltimore-area standouts have made the jump from Tallahassee Community College to Division I programs, including Dixon, former St. John's standouts Marcus Hatten (Mervo) and Bootsy Thornton (Dunbar), and ex-College of Charleston guard Marcus Johnson (Annapolis).

If all goes according to plan, Robinson will be the next.

Credit: Sun photo of Jeremy Robinson by Elizabeth Malby (February 20, 2007). Bio photo of Robinson courtesy of TCC.

Is there a former high school athlete with Maryland ties you'd like to see profiled in a Where are they now segment? If so, e-mail me at mbracken@baltimoresun.com.

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