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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.

PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: A Big 12 and a Big Ten showdown

Denzel Valentine
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GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 10 West Virginia at No. 6 Kansas, 7:00 p.m.

The last time these two teams got together, West Virginia actually knocked off Kansas in Morgantown. It was the third time in the last three seasons that WVU has beaten KU at home. So there’s some revenge at stake here. But there’s also the whole Big 12 title race, which West Virginia currently leads. If the Mountaineers win tonight, they’ll be up by two games on Kansas with the tie breaker and just seven games left to play. The Jayhawks regular season title streak could be over if that happens.

THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: No. 8 Michigan State at No. 18 Purdue, 7:00 p.m.

We think the Spartans are back to their early season form after wins over Maryland (at home), Northwestern, Rutgers and Michigan. If Michigan State really wants to prove something to the college basketball world, they will go into West Lafayette tonight and get a win. Denzel Valentine vs. Raphael Davis will be fun.

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR

  1. Pitt will pay a visit to No. 12 Miami in a game the Panthers could really use a win in. Pitt hasn’t been the most consistent team in the country and without adding a few quality wins they could be looking at the bubble.
  2. Duquesne will be paying a visit to No. 19 Dayton, who moved into a tie for first place in the Atlantic 10 thanks to VCU’s loss on Saturday.
  3. Georgia is right there on the bubble, and they will have a chance to try and push themselves into a better spot when they play at No. 22 Kentucky tonight.
  4. Creighton probably has to win out to have a shot of making the NCAA tournament, and that includes tonight, when they host No. 5 Xavier.
  5. No. 7 Virginia will be hosting Virginia Tech, who picked off the Wahoos in Blacksburg earlier this year.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • No. 1 Villanova at DePaul, 8:30 p.m.
  • No. 25 Wichita State at Drake, 8:00 p.m.

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR POWER RANKINGS: Buddy Hield isn’t going anywhere

Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield (24) drives to the basket as LSU guard Antonio Blakeney (2) defends in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)
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It’s Tuesday, which means that it is once again time for the NBC Sports Player of the Year Power Rankings.

And you’ll be shocked to find out that Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield is still No. 1 in those rankings. By a pretty wide margin.

The rest of the top 10?

They can be found here, at the CBT FaceBook page. Follow that page for the countdown: