Justin Robinson is a 23 year old 206CM forward from San Antonio, Texas and is playing his rookie season for KK Mornar Bar (Montenegro-Erste Liga). He is the son of NBA legend David Robinson. He began his basketball career with an San Antonio Christian High School. He then played at Duke (NCAA) from 2015-2020 playing a total of 47 NCAA games. germanhoops.com spoke to Justin before the Eurocup game in Ulm.
Justin thanks for talking to germanhoops.com. Welcome to Germany. Is this your first time and what is your impression?
I did not travel with the team to Germany, but Montenegro has been beautiful and people have been very kind to me.
How did you experience the whole COVID-19 crisis in the States? What was the most challenging thing for you to overcome in these tough times?
Our basketball season got cancelled and I went to live with my family in San Antonio the whole time. It was difficult to maintain a good routine during that time.
How do you feel did COVID-19 make you stronger as a man?
It gave me an opportunity to learn and grow in new areas.
Congrats on signing with KK Mornar Basket Bar (Montenegro-Erste Liga). Has it been a huge culture shock coming to Montenegro after having lived in Texas and North Carolina your whole life?
The biggest shock is the language barrier. Other than that it hasn’t been too difficult.
The team has a very talented roster with some very talented Americans. How excited are you about this situation and being able to learn from them and develop further?
The guys have been great with teaching me the differences in European basketball. They are very talented and high IQ so it will be great to continue to learn from them.
You can obviously pick the brain of Kenny Gabriel about the finer points of the game, but what has it been like watching 36 year old veteran Milko Bjelka play the game? What have you appreciated about his game?
He is a very smart player, he plays patiently and makes good decisions.
A lot of guys I have interviewed often rave about the game of Jacob Pullen and say he should have been in the NBA. What have you learned to appreciate the most about his game?
His aggression in looking to shoot and attack the basket is great.
Let’s talk about your game. You’re a 206cm forward. If you had to compare your game to an NBA player who would best fit the description?
I haven’t thought about an NBA comparison for myself before, but I think I am a player who can guard multiple positions and challenge shots at the rim and space the floor with shooting on offense.
You never got consistent minutes at Duke (NCAA).What do you believe is your biggest asset on the court that you will be able to showcase this season?
I am able to make my teammates better with communication on the floor.
How much pride do you take on the defensive end? What do you feel is your biggest attribute on defense that you will continue to develop overseas?
I take a lot of pride on defense. I am able to block and contest shots at the rim.
On what things did you work on most this summer so you would be best prepared for your professional rookie season?
My strength and movement.
I can’t imagine what it was like at times being the son of a legend, but seriously what are you most thankful about having been able to soak up from him?
His character and work ethic.
You played 5 seasons at Duke adding an extra graduate year. How thankful are you that you could play that 5th year and how do you feel did that final year help you most on the court?
It was fantastic and it built my confidence even greater.
You saved your best for last beating North Carolina in your last game in the NCAA scoring 13 points, getting 6 rebounds, handing out 3 dimes and blocking 4 shots. When you look back at that game what sticks out most?
The energy of the fans and our team was incredible.
What was it like in general being the son of David Robinson and not playing so much at Duke. How much of a challenge was it and how do you feel did this scenario make you stronger on and off the court?
There was a little pressure and expectations from other people but they didn’t bother me too much.
You played with so many future NBA players together at Duke, but what player made the biggest impact on you in your time there?
Amile Jefferson. He helped me adjust to the college game and lifestyle when I arrived.
You played a season with Zion Williamson. Is there a specific amazing moment that you will never forget of just how good he really was on the court?
Not one particular moment, but I felt like every time I stepped on the court with him something amazing would happen.
How did head coach Krzyzewski groom and prepare you best for a professional basketball career?
He taught me habits to be a winner and leader. He also taught me how important preparation is to win.
Who won a one on one in practice you or Wendell Carter Jr?
He beat me more than I beat him.
Who was the toughest player that you battled in the NCAA that reached the NBA?
There were many, but I would say Brandon Ingram because that was my freshman year so I had never played against talent like him.
Please name your 5 best teammates of all-time?
It is honestly difficult just to name five.
Please construct your personal own NBA Rushmore of players past and present.
Michael Jordan, Lebron, Kobe, Magic Johnson
What is your opinion of the neverending debate of who is the greatest of all-time Michael Jordan or Lebron James?
Michael Jordan, but it is very close in my mind
What was the last movie that you saw?
The New Mulan
Thanks Justin for the chat.