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Devin Robinson went to Italy for Eurocamp and got a wake-up call

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Richmond, VA, native Devin Robinson has made quite a name for himself in recruiting circles.

An athletic, 6-foot-8 wing with range out to the college three-point line and the kind of lanky build that will make him a playmaker on the defensive end of the floor, Robinson’s play has done the talking for him. He’s currently ranked 106th by Rivals in the Class of 2014, but that number will jump the next time that those rankings are updated.

That’s how well Robinson has played this spring.

But Robinson got a bit of a wake-up call when he traveled with a team of high schoolers out to Treviso, Italy, last week for the Adidas Eurocamp.

“Everybody was stronger and faster and really helped me notice how I gotta pick up on my game,” Robinson told NBCSports.com at the NBPA Top 100 Camp on Thursday. “It was just a great experience. I didn’t really think that overseas players were like that, they’re actually pretty good.”

Robinson’s pretty good as well, as he put together a strong enough performance to get noticed by Pro Basketball Talk’s reporter on site, as well as Draft Express. If anything, traveling to Eurocamp was important in that it was a bit of a wake-up call for Robinson. As of now, he’s a guy that succeeds largely due to his physical and athletic gifts. He’s tall and he’s got long arms and he’s coordinated and athletic. Combine that with a jumper and enough anticipation to jump a passing lane or rotate to block a shot, and Robinson has all he needs to succeed at the high school and AAU level.

But to be a big-time player at the college level, and to one day have a shot at being a pro, Robinson needs to develop the rest of his game. He needs to improve his ball-handling, become a more consistent shooter and, most importantly, add a bit of strength to his very slender frame. Going up against older and more talented players at Eurocamp was proof of this.

“I learned that you have to play hard every possession,” Robinson said of his time in Treviso. “There are people overseas that are better than you. You’ve gotta work hard every day. I have to get in the weight room and hit it harder than I am now. Get stronger, faster so I can play with more intensity.”

Robinson is still saying that VCU, the local school, is recruiting him the hardest, but he added that Miami and Providence are the two latest schools to offer him a scholarship. That list, according to Rivals, is now approaching 20.

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

Top-25 guard trims list to six

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One of the top points guards in the Class of 2017 has trimmed his list of potential collegiate destinations to six.

Trae Young, a consensus top-25 recruit, listed Texas Tech, Kansas, Oklahoma, Washington, Oklahoma State and Kentucky as the schools he is considering as he readies to begin his senior year of high school.

The list of the 6-foot-2 point guard is largely provincial as it includes Oklahoma, whose campus is just minutes away from Young’s Norman North High School, and fellow in-state school Oklahoma. Another pair of Big 12 schools make the list in powerhouse Kansas and the Red Raiders, whose first-year coach, Chris Beard, has spent the bulk of his career working in Texas. Texas Tech is also Young’s father’s alma mater. Washington has been on a role sending its players to the pros and recently received the commitment of top-five 2017 recruit Michael Porter, Jr.

Kentucky, of course, needs no explanation as to its attractiveness to high-level players.

Top-100 guard commits to Xavier

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Xavier has added a top-100 prospect into its 2017 recruiting class Wednesday.

Elias Harden, a shooting guard from Georgia, pledged to the Musketeers via social media to become the second member of Chris Mack’s next class.

“The recruiting process was not EASY AT ALL,” Harden wrote on Twitter. “I wanna thank all the coaches that took time to recruit me.

“WIth that being said I will continue my academic and athletic career at Xavier University.”

The 6-foot-6 guard is ranked 92nd overall by 247Sports and had offers from Auburn, Maryland, Texas Tech and Ole Miss. He joins Jared Ridder, a Missouri guard, as part of the 2017 Xavier class.

The Musketeers return the bulk of last year’s 28-6 team that narrowly missed out on the Sweet 16.

Clemson recruit to enroll early

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Clemson will get a four-star recruit on campus a year earlier than it expected, though his on-court debut for the Tigers will remain on schedule.

A.J. Oliver, a guard from South Carolina, will enroll early at Clemson and redshirt this upcoming season, he announced via social media Wednesday.

“I woke up this morning and realized that the greatest opportunity for me is to enroll early into Clemson,” he wrote on Twitter. “I will redshirt a year & start my college career early.”

Oliver, whose mother is the head women’s basketball coach at Clemson, was a consensus top-100 player in the class of 2017 who committed to the Tigers last December. Texas Tech and the College of Charleston were involved before his commitment.

A three-star shooting guard, Scott Spencer of Virginia, was previously the only member coach Brad Brownell’s 2016 class. While Oliver’s decision to redshirt will keep him off the court for the 2016-17 season, he’ll have spent a full season in the Tiger program before making his debut in 2017

The cupboard isn’t bare in 2017 for the Tigers due to Oliver’s reclassification because Clemson received a commitment from power forward Malik Williams, a consensus top-150 player, earlier Wednesday.

Kentucky used Calipari-Chaney fight in media training

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Kentucky held some media training sessions yesterday, and one of the topics that head coach John Calipari used to make a point was … his blow-up with John Chaney. The moment was captured on SnapChat by a trio of Kentucky newcomers.

You remember that incident. Chaney, then the head coach at Temple, and Cal, who was coaching Atlantic 10 rival UMass at the time, nearly came to blows over the way that Cal handled officials during the game. Before the video below picks up, the two shared this exchange:

“Could I say this to you, please?” Chaney said, before the video above picks up. “You’ve got a good ball club. But what you did with the officials out there is wrong, and I don’t want to be a party to that. You understand?”

Cal responded: “You weren’t out there, Coach. You don’t have any idea.”

Chaney fired back: “You got a game given to you by officials right here with G.W. on three bad calls, O.K.? Then you send your kids out there pushing and shoving. You had the best officiating you could ever get here. And for you to ride them, I don’t want to be a party to that.”

And that led to “I’ll kill you”:

(h/t KSR)

VIDEO: Shaq’s son, Shareef O’Neal, with monster dunk in Vegas

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Shareef O’Neal is a top 50 prospect in the Class of 2018. In Vegas this past weekend, he threw down a monster put-back dunk.