Notre Dame didn’t waste much time after watching Devin Robinson play AAU ball last weekend, offering the 2014 Virginia swingman a scholarship offer last Monday.
“(Notre Dame assistant Anthony) Solomon came by Monday morning,” Christchurch School head coach Ben Thompson said. “The coaches saw him last weekend at the Pittsburgh Jam Fest.
“They came in and said they were extending a scholarship to him and want him to be part of the program. Devin’s excited and everybody’s excited.”
The 6-foot-7, 190-pounder already had offers from schools like UConn, Auburn, Cincinnati, Rutgers, USC, VCU, Virginia Tech and Xavier among others. The Irish believe Robinson’s skill set would mesh well with their style.
“They thought he would really fit a need in their class,” Thompson said. “Devin’s pretty talented and he’s one of Coach (Mike) Brey’s players; a talented kid who can shoot from the outside, but also mix it up a little bit on the inside. He’s pretty versatile. They think he has the skills to help and thrive in the system.”
Thompson believes Robinson would be a good fit for the Irish as well.
“He’s a good kid,” said his coach. “He’s definitely a kid who carries himself like a lot of other teenagers. He’s got a fun personality, but at the same time, he’s pretty serious about his future. He’s got a good mix. He’s definitely a good kid who comes from a good family that makes a good job making sure he puts things in perspective. He’s well-rounded for sure.”
Robinson was named the Division II Virginia Player of the Year after leading his squad to a state title averaging almost 18 points and 10 rebounds per game. His coach believes he can add some more weight as he grows into his frame and could probably play either forward spot.
“Definitely more of a three and maybe a stretch four, but definitely more for his ability to shoot,” Thompson said. “He’s a pretty good shooter.”
Robinson was excited to land the offer from the Irish.
“First because it’s Notre Dame,” Thompson said. “It’s one of the better schools in the country obviously academically, which is really important to him. Academics will play a huge part in where he decides to go to school. It’s an ACC school now. Most kids want to play ACC basketball when they get older. He sees a team that goes to the Tournament a lot and wins. I think that’s what attracted him and makes him excited about it.”
Robinson has already been to Virginia Tech, VCU and Georgetown and a stop at South Bend could come down the road.
“When they sit down and talk about it, they’ll decide,” Thompson said of Robinson’s family. “I don’t know if it’ll be anytime soon. I would imagine that Notre Dame would be a place he’d think of visiting.”