By Aaron Stoner – Collegiate Staff
He stands 6’6 inches tall, a wiry frame with a ninja-like focus and quiet yet palpable strength. One that suggests that as soon as he steps on the court, whoever has the misfortune of guarding Gregory “Diego,” Robinson is in for one incredibly long night.
Robinson grew up in Lansing and started playing basketball in fifth grade. His love for the game only grew as he journeyed through Lansing Everett high school, and he’s currently in his freshman year at Grand Rapids Community College. Despite his seemingly bashful nature, he’s the starting power forward for the Raiders not to mention one of their leading scorers.
“I just love the game of basketball, the competition, and going at somebody after someone scores on you,“ Diego said with a coy smile. “Also just the team aspect, coming together to win games- the lifelong friendships that develop. And I mean, basketball’s always just been fun to me.”
Speaking of fun, when Robinson isn’t playing blistering defense against an opponent or working on his smooth jump shot in practice, he likes to take his skills to the virtual world playing some “NBA 2K”, or enjoys hanging out with friends at Buffalo Wild Wings his favorite spot downtown, smashing some delicious wings.
Robinson is also managing a full course load at GRCC, knocking out his Gen Ed’s and hopes to transfer to either Ferris State University or Grand Valley State University.
When asked about which NBA player he tries to emulate, Robinson lights up, eager to share.
“There’s two actually,” he said. “Draymond Green and Dennis Rodman. Draymond because he’s undersized and yet can guard big guys, plus he can dribble and shoot. He changed the game to me,“ Diego went on, excited to reveal his number two “And Dennis Rodman because he was such an energy guy, he played so hard and went after rebounds. That’s like me, I’m an energy guy. I get rebounds. I’m not about scoring, I know the points will come, I just try to play hard.”
When asked about his starting power forward, the Raiders basketball coach Luke Bronkema had this to say about Robinson’s approach to the game and what he brings night in and night out. “He brings great effort, works really hard, and just has great presence. He’s a really good kid on and off the court. ” Bronkema went on solidifying Robinson’s place on the team. “He knows his role, and for being a freshman starter and the things he does for us; high minutes, protects the rim, interior scoring, not to mention just a solid attitude, we really need more players like him.“
The Raiders are currently sit at 15-7 and with just under a month left in the season, Robinson relishes his team’s chances of making a playoff push, so long as they don’t let up.
“We just gotta keep doing the little things,” he said. “Defend, and help each other. Games we’ve lost have been tight, so we just have to work hard on defense and make sure we’re finishing games.”