We’ve been singing Justin Robinson’s praise as a great teammate despite the fact that he came to Duke as a walk-on who rarely plays.
We’ve been convinced that he has had a major role on every Duke team he’s been on and on Thursday that was recognized as Duke named him, along with Tre Jones, Jack White and Javin DeLaurier, a co-captain.
Really, that’s an extraordinary honor for a guy who came to Duke without a scholarship. Look at what Coach K said about him after making the move: “I’m thrilled to add Justin as one of our team captains. He is our most experienced player, a natural leader and a fifth-year student-athlete that graduated from Duke and is now pursuing his master’s degree. He is without a doubt the most respected guy in our locker room and will add another valued voice on our Leadership Council.”
He’ll never be an NBA player. He may not play overseas or make a lot of money off the game. Whatever he does, if basketball stops for him in April, no one can take this away from him. It’s a spectacular accomplishment for a guy who came to Duke as a walk-on.