Texas A&M sophomore point guard Alex Robinson will transfer from the program, according to a release from the school. The 6-foot-1 Robinson is a former top-100 recruit who played a lot of reserve minutes as a freshman, but it appears that the Aggies might have recruited over Robinson at his position.
After averaging 18.8 minutes per game as a freshman, Robinson didn’t play in Texas A&M’s season-opening win over SC Upstate as freshman Admon Gilder came off the bench to contribute 16 points. Texas A&M also added graduate transfer guard Anthony Collins this offseason and senior Alex Caruso is also playing in front of Robinson. With the Aggies adding a top-100 point guard in J.J. Caldwell in the Class of 2016 for next season, Robinson would have had to battle for consistent minutes the next few seasons.
Because of the aforementioned depth at guard, Texas A&M should be able to withstand the loss of Robinson if they stay healthy this season. As a former top-100 prospect and a talented floor leader, Robinson will be an interesting transfer target for a school looking for a new point guard. Robinson averaged 5.2 points, 2.6 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game last season for the Aggies.
Texas A&M made some noise on the recruiting trail on Tuesday afternoon, as Billy Kennedy landed a commitment from Alex Robinson.
Robinson is a 6-foot-1 lefty point guard that ranks 58th in the Class of 2014, according to Rivals. He’s Texas A&M’s first recruit in the class, and just finished an official visit to College Station over the weekend. I guess he wasn’t too concerned about the loss to Alabama.
Robinson’s commitment is important for a couple of reasons. For starters, outside of Tyus Jones (who has been written off as a future Duke commit by just about everyone) and JaQuan Lyle (who just decommitted from Louisville), Robinson was the highest-rated point guard left in the country. With a relatively weak crop of point guards in the Class of 2015, he had become even more valuable.
A Texas native, Robinson was also one of A&M’s priority targets, and they landed him. That’s significant because Robinson, on Tuesday, became the first top 100 recruit to commit to the Aggies since Kennedy was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2011.
Robinson is a four-year player at the point. He’s a flashy passer, with some impressive athleticism and dexterity around the rim. It will be interesting to see how he continues to develop as a floor general, but the talent is definitely there.