Robinson-Earl is a 6’8”, 235 pound forward from Shawnee Mission, Kansas. He transferred to IMG Academy in Florida for his final high school season. He also plays for KC Run GMC on the Under Armour circuit. He is ranked #18 in the 247 Composite and chose ‘Nova over offers from Kansas, North Carolina, Arizona and Notre Dame.
Fresh off their second National Championship in the past three seasons, Robinson-Earl represents a stunning finish to what will likely finish as a Top-5 class for Jay Wright and his staff. Long considered to be a lock for the Jayhawks, the Wildcats beat out the Jayhawks (his father’s alma mater) and Roy Williams (who coached Robinson-Earl’s father at KU) after being a surprise inclusion in his final 5 schools.
Robinson-Earl fills a big need for a Villanova team lacking traditional frontcourt depth. With just Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree and Dylan Painter on the roster when he arrives, Robinson-Earl will have the opportunity to come in and earn minutes early in his career.
While not the shooter that Omari Spellman was, Robinson-Earl has an extremely polished and efficient offensive game. He can handle the ball and attack closeouts well, and has a nice face-up game. Scouts have lauded his advanced game and ability to score in isolation in the post as well.
Defensively, he’s a good shot-blocker and a better athlete than he gets credit for. He’s a fantastic rebounder as well. In short, it’s a home run commitment from Jay Wright landing a player seemingly out of nowhere. Barring any unforseen roster attrition, this likely wraps up 2019 recruiting for the Wildcats, who currently sit at #2 overall behind USC in 247’s Class Rankings.
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