Few players have taken a road as unconventional as Duncan Robinson to the NBA level. The New Hampshire native started his college career playing basketball at Williams College in Division 3 after receiving no DI scholarship offers out of high school.
The 6-foot-8 forward transferred to Michigan after one year at Williams, becoming one of the first players at the collegiate level to make that kind of jump with a scholarship offer. The sharpshooter became a pivotal contributor for John Beilein over the final three years of his collegiate career at Michigan, helping guide the Wolverines to the national championship game in 2018 before bowing out to Villanova.
Robinson went undrafted in June but was signed to a two-way contract by the Miami Heat after a breakout summer league performance, averaging 12.3 points on 58.8 percent shooting from downtown (20-of-34) in six games. He is poised to become the first Division III player to play at the NBA level since Devean George. BostonSportsJournal.com caught up with Robinson this summer to talk about growing up in New Hampshire, his path to the NBA and how he considered playing with the Celtics this summer.
What was the youth sports scene like for you growing up in Newcastle?
Robinson: I just played every sport growing up. My mom had me running from practice to practice. I was into soccer, baseball, lacrosse, basketball. I played a lot of football with my friends. Just everything. As I got older, I developed a love for basketball. Basketball was always my favorite, but it wasn't necessarily my best sport. I just started to put more and more time into it. Eventually, I started putting more and more time into it and developed as a player.
What’s your most vivid youth sports memory?
Robinson: My eighth-grade year, my dad was our coach. Still to this day, some of my closest friends on that team. We should have gone undefeated. We went 16-1. It was bittersweet. It was a great memory but we had that one loss that will forever haunt us. We should have won it. That year was a lot of fun with my dad as the coach and a lot of my closest friends on the team.
Favorite Boston team growing up?