The LSU Tigers picked up a big recruit for the men’s basketball team quite literally and figuratively in the form of 7-1, 322-pound center Elbert Robinson who committed to coach Johnny Jones this morning. Robinson is the second center in the 2014 class joining three-star recruit Anthony Epps (Tullos, LA. Tioga),
Robinson is one of the fastest risers for his class after excelling in the AAU and camp circuit this summer rising nearly 50 spots up to No. 54 in th3 247sports composite rankings and the No. 5 center in the nation. He considered Ohio State, Texas A&M, Nebraska and Georgia Tech before committing to LSU where he took an official visit two and a half weeks ago.
LSU has had some skilled big man in the past from Glen “big baby” Davis to Stanley Roberts and of course none were as large as Shaquille O’Neal, so what does Robinson bring to the hardcourt?
“I’m very aggressive on the block,” Robinson tells Steve Helwagen. “I love to play defense and block shots. I can also pass the ball very well. I feel like I can shoot the midrange shots, too.”
He is a space eater with a massive wingspan which makes it difficult to defend and also shoot over. He will need to monitor his weight and his conditioning in college to reach his full potential, but he can score, rebound, defend the paint and is an underrated passer. He should help LSU get back to the “big dance.”
Robinson’s profile on ESPN.com says he has huge upside and his best days are ahead of him, “Robinson is a true center with great size and matching skill for a post. He has all the potential to be a go to player in the lane lane on the high major college level. He upside is tremendous and his best basketball days lie ahead.”
As a junior Robinson averaged 14 points with 12.5 rebounds and six blocked shots per game en route to a 28-8 record and a share of a district championship for Lakeview Centennial in Garland, Texas.
LSU went 19-12 last year with a 9-9 record in SEC play.