If you were to contact current Lincoln Prep Head Coach Antonio Hudson to talk about his current team he would tell you that everyone is special. And that is true because Lincoln Prep plays some basketball. What you might not expect is for him to mention is a sophomore guard that floats between 5’11 and 6’0 that plays like he is 6’11. That sophomore is Chanse Robinson.
“The first time I saw Chanse, I saw a tough athlete with unlimited potential. He is one of the hardest playing players that I have ever seen. I knew with some tweaking of his skills and him learning how to play the game he would be something special.” -Coach Hudson
Robinson started raising eyebrows with his aggressive nature to get to the basket for a layup or a dunk all last year during his freshman campaign. Robinson finished the season averaging 17 points and 10 rebounds a game. His performance was good enough to get the attention of one of the top AAU programs in the state. He excelled at AAU and it helped propel him to some top rankings in the state and country. Colleges are looking and one has already offered before the start of his sophomore year.
Robinson hasn’t taken anything for granted since being considered “The Man” of this year’s Lincoln Prep basketball team. “I got off to a good start but we are still trying to figure some things out and get everyone on the same page” Robinson stated. “We got off to slow start early in the season but it is my responsibility as the point guard and leader to get everyone involved and making plays. We have got to grind every day and keep pushing.”
Robinson, 16, knew with the departure of some key seniors from last year’s semi-final team that he would have to grow up pretty fast on the court.
“I knew going into the off-season after my freshmen year that teams were going to be focused on stopping me. So I prepared myself and that is how I train” Robinson stated. And it shows because through 17 games Robinson’s stat line looks something like this… 26 points, 12.5 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals and 1 block a game. His season high is 40 points as well as having 4-30+ point games already this season.
“His skill set has come a long way. He has always been able to penetrate and finish around the rim but if you got a chance to watch us play this year, he is shooting better and making plays. He still has a long way to go but he puts in the time to get better every day.” -Coach Hudson on Robinson’s performance so far this season.
“Coach Hudson pushes me every day in practice to be the best which mentally makes the games easy to me most of time. It really gets me going. The things he tells me it works I just try to do my part.” Robinson stated.
Robinson does not plan on stopping his quest to lead his team to a district title and another Great 48 appearance. If you have not had a chance to see the kid play in person you need to check him out.
When asked if he thinks Robinson will be one of the greats to come through Grambling, Coach Hudson had this to say, “Yes I do think he will be one of the greats when it is all said and done. At least he has the potential to be. If he continues to work like he does and strive for greatness, I don’t see why he wouldn’t be.”
We over at Grambition wish the best for Chanse Robinson and the Lincoln Prep Panthers we will continue to support and cheer them on every game. #GRAMbition