Ex-Simeon F Robinson commits to UIC

March, 18, 2011
3/18/11
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St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy and former Simeon forward Rob Robinson has committed to the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Robinson played for Simeon's state championship team last season. He attended St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy, a prep school, in Delafield, Wis., this season, and averaged about 17 points and six rebounds.

He chose UIC over interest from DePaul, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico, Utah State and other programs.

“I got that feeling that this is where I want to be,” said Robinson, who acknowledged UIC assistant coach Donnie Kirksey also was influential in his decision. “I’m home. I’m a Chicago guy, born and raised on the South Side. I just felt good about it. I talked to my mom about it. I prayed about it. I felt like I was in a win-win situation.”

Robinson is a versatile player who can play anywhere from shooting guard to power forward. He averaged 1.9 points and four rebounds on a balanced Simeon team in 2009-2010.

“If you notice, a lot of kids leave Simeon and their system, and they go to a junior college or prep school, and they just kill and have a great year,” Robinson said. “With Simeon, we were balanced in scoring. I don’t think it’s a negative. At Simeon, I can say one thing you’re going to learn is to play basketball. I learned a lot of things at Simeon.

“It was a blessing to have a post-grad year like this year. It made my stock rise. People are like, ‘Wow, where did he come from?’ ”
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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