Mount St. Mary’s senior Junior Robinson has been selected to the Slam Dunk Championship roster for the 30th annual State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships at Bill Greehey Arena at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio on Thursday.
Robinson is one of eight men’s college basketball players selected for the event that will air on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. He was invited to take part in the Slam Dunk Championship after being recognized as one of the nation's finest slam dunk performers.
Robinson posted one of the top seasons in Mount St. Mary’s history this year. The 5-foot-5 guard was named the Northeast Conference Player of the Year, becoming just the second player in Mount history to earn NEC Player of the Year honors. He led the NEC in scoring at 22.0 points per game while he finished second in the conference with 4.9 assists per game. Robinson scored 20 or more points in a game on 23 occasions this year.
With 703 points this season, Robinson moved into third on the Mount St. Mary’s all-time scoring list with 1,872 career points. His 703 points are the second most in a season in Mount history, and he joins Mount legends Jack Sullivan, John O'Reilly, Chris McGuthrie, and Fred Carter as the only players to score 600 or more points in a season. Those four are the only Mount players to have their number retired.
Robinson is the second player at the Mount to earn NEC Player of the Year honors, joining McGuthrie (1996). Robinson was also named First Team All-NEC, becoming the sixth player in Mount history to earn First Team All-NEC honors, joining Elijah Long (2016-17), Jeremy Goode (2008-09; 2009-10), Gregory Harris (1998-99), Riley Inge (1995-96), and McGuthrie (1994-95; 1995-96) as the only Mount players to earn First Team All-NEC honors. He was named NEC Player of the Week on five occasions this year, tying the conference record for most NEC Player of the Week awards in one season.
Wray joining MSM teammate in national event
Robinson and fellow Mount senior Chris Wray have been selected to participate in the inaugural Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship. This event will pit 32 four-man teams consisting of players from every Division I college basketball conference against each other in a three day, 3-on-3 tournament. These teams, comprised of seniors who have exhausted their collegiate eligibility, will compete for a $100,000 prize pool viewable live on Twitter and ESPN2, Friday through Sunday at St. Mary's University's Bill Greehey Arena in San Antonio.
Robinson and Wray will represent the Northeast Conference, along with Wagner's JoJo Cooper and LIU Brooklyn's Joel Hernandez.
Wray became the second Mountaineer to be named NEC Defensive Player of the Year, joining two-time winner Mychal Kearse, who won the award in back-to-back seasons in 2006 and 2007. One of the most versatile players in Mount history, Wray led the NEC blocks (2.1), was tied for third in steals (2.0) and finished fourth in rebounds (8.3) in league games. He blocked a career-high six shots in the Mount's win over Wagner, and has finished third all-time at the Mount with 141 career blocks. Wray, who missed the first eight games of the season due to injury, was a consistent performer on the defensive end, tallying 16 games with two or more steals and 15 games with two or more blocked shots. He grabbed five or more rebounds in 23 of 24 games played this year, while he had six games with double figures in rebounds.
Wray was also named Third Team All-NEC, becoming the third Mount player to earn Third Team All-NEC honors, joining Gregory Graves (2014-15) and BK Ashe (2014-15 and 2015-16). Wray averaged 9.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.0 blocks and 2.1 steals per game this season while shooting 62.2 percent (102-of-164) from the field. He was even better in NEC games, averaging 10.6 points per game while he led the NEC in field goal percentage (.631) and blocks (2.1), tied for third in steals (2.0), was eighth in assists (4.3), fourth in rebounds (8.3), fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9-to-1) and second in offensive rebounds (3.1).
The Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship begins Friday with 24 pool play games streamed live on Twitter from 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m., and continues Saturday, March 31 with another 24 games on Twitter from 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. The event will conclude on Sunday with the quarterfinals on Twitter from 1:35-3 p.m., and the semifinals, third-place game and championship game on ESPN2 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
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NOTE: Robinson added to his collection of honors with an Associated Press Honorable Mention All-American selection Tuesday.