Posted: 5:34 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, 2013
By Zach Fleer
Seconds after Goodluck Okonoboh pulled out a UNLV hat to announce his decision to join the Runnin' Rebels for the 2014-'15 season, all eyes shifted to Texas center Elbert Robinson. With most hope in ESPN No. 2 Myles Turner seemingly gone, Robinson is Ohio State's last hope for a big-time post presence in the 2014 class.
Announcing that he will make his decision next Tuesday, Robinson would be another essential piece in what is regarded as the nation's strongest class at the moment. Standing 7 feet tall and weighing a massive 270 pounds, Robinson is a bruiser in the post. Contrary to Okonoboh, who is more of a finesse big, Robinson gets to work in the paint, and is very skilled around the rim. With a knack for locking down position on the block, Robinson is an incredibly strong rebounder, and uses his left-handed hook effectively.
In what appears to be a two-horse race between Ohio State and LSU, Robinson's father labeled the Tigers as a "tight fit." Cancelling his official visit to Georgetown, Robinson will be choosing between the two teams mentioned above, in addition to dark horses, Georgia Tech and Nebraska.
With Thad Matta's reputation for putting big men in the NBA, Greg Oden, Jared Sullinger, Kousta Koufos, and Byron Mullens, for example, Columbus may be the best fit for the highly-touted center. With the slowed progression of current Buckeye center Amir Williams, Robinson would have a great chance at seeing extended minutes from the jump.
Stick with LGHL for additional coverage on Robinson's announcement, and what an Ohio State commitment would mean for the 2014 class. Check out some of Robinson's top plays from the NBPA Top 100 camp, courtesy of Daren Scarberry.