August 08, 2011
For the second consecutive year, there were no California players selected to the McDonald’s High School All-American game. There is no denying that there has been a recent talent swoon in California but the class of 2012 is about to change that trend. Dynamic guards, talented swingmen and dominant big men highlight an incredibly deep class and Cali High Sports looks at the best of the best in our countdown of the top 20 players for 2012.
We continue our countdown with Compton swingman Victor Robbins, a world class athlete who has the potential to really rise up this list with an impressive summer.
#17 Victor Robbins
Position: Small Forward
Schools Considering: UCLA, Portland, USC, Washington (no offers, heavy interest)
Victor Robbins is a gifted athlete. Just watching him get up and down the court you can tell Victor was born to play basketball. He moves so fluidly, he’s one of those guys that makes everything on the court look so effortless. His natural athleticism is breathtaking.
Robbins moves around the court with ease and has an extra gear that he saves to blow by defenders or when he is running the lanes in transition. Victor has good speed and a quick first step that allows him to get by defenders when he’s attacking the basket. A go to move for Robbins is to freeze his defender on the perimeter with a st utter step then drive aggressively to the basket using his right hand. He gets off the ground and into his jump so easily and since he can literally just out jump people at the basket, he can finish with consistency.
For all his natural talent, in recent years Victor has improved the finer aspects of his game. The release on his jump shot is quick and fluid and he can shoot pretty well of the dribble. He needs to work on pulling up from going left, but when he is going to his strong side his pull up game is very efficient. Victor is a solid spot up shooter with a very good midrange game. His three point shot needs some work but the fundamentals on his jump shot give him the foundation to improve from long range.
Victor’s athleticism make him a good rebounder and strong defender. He can move his feet laterally well, and his length helps him alter shots and block passing lanes. He is a willing defender who takes on the challenge of guarding the other team’s best players. He hustles down loose balls and his natural instincts help enhance his god given athletic ability.
Victor Robbins is an athletically blessed player and if he continues to improve on his shooting form, passing and fundamentals, the sky is the limit on his potential.
The next level?: Look for Washington and UCLA to become the two biggest contenders for Victor’s services. The Huskies have shown they know how to work with athletic swingmen and Victor could grow into a stronger version of Justin Holliday down the road. UCLA is really in need of athletic wings, especially with the loss of Tyler Honeycutt, and Victor’s defensive potential could make him a star on that side of the ball under Ben Howland.
Wherever Victor goes he needs good coaching but his potential to grow is exciting lots of Division 1 programs.
Cali High Grade: 85