Sunday, July 19, 2009

Ex-KU guard Robinson impresses Magic officials

Former Kansas player Russell Robinson jumps between Christian Moody, left, and Chris Zerbe on his way to the basket during the Rock Chalk Roundball Classic at Free State High. Robinson played with the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Developmental League last season.

Former Kansas player Russell Robinson jumps between Christian Moody, left, and Chris Zerbe on his way to the basket during the Rock Chalk Roundball Classic at Free State High. Robinson played with the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Developmental League last season.


Former Kansas University point guard Russell Robinson impressed Orlando Magic officials with his solid play in last week’s Orlando NBA Summer League.

The 6-foot-1 New York native, who started all five games, averaged 6.6 points off 38.5 percent shooting. He made two of seven three-point tries and 11 of 12 free throws.

“I think Russell’s a very solid guy who plays under control, makes the right play, makes very few mistakes and plays very solid defense,” Magic coach Stan Van Gundy told the Orlando Sentinel.

Orlando has just eight players under contract for next season.

Robinson, who played for Reno (Nev.) in the NBA Developmental League last year, scored seven points, dished six assists and had two steals against Boston. He guarded Gabe Pruitt, who played in 47 games for the Celtics last year.

“It’s good to be playing against somebody with NBA experience. I think it shows the scouts I’m ready,” Robinson told, adding, “I think this is a good fit for me.”

The Web site said this of Robinson: “Known as an exceptional defender and smart decision-maker, Robinson could certainly have a future in this league. While his offensive game and athleticism won’t blow you away, his reliability could make him a perfect third point guard.”

His resume, of course, includes starting at the point for the 2008 national champion Jayhawks.

More on Pollard

The always-colorful Scot Pollard provided some interesting tidbits that didn’t make Thursday’s story in the Journal-World.

• Last year, the former Kansas University center had an entertaining tryout with the NBA network in which it appeared he and co-analyst Cheryl Miller were involved in an on-air argument. The video is all over

“I had a much publicized job interview with Cheryl Miller. A lot of people think we didn’t like each other,” Pollard said. “We did some on-air ribbing. People don’t realize TV is 100 percent entertainment. We were joking during commercial breaks. It was entertainment.”

• Pollard, who uses Twitter regularly, is planning on improving his Web site

“It’ll be a lot more interactive,” Pollard said. “I’ll be able to interact with people. On Twitter, I don’t respond to anybody or follow anybody. If something strikes me, I’ll put it down.”

• Pollard, who explained in the article the decision to move his family to Lawrence for good, said he would not be asking KU coach Bill Self if he could practice with the current team.

“I’ve not played pick-up in over a year,” he said, noting it wouldn’t take long to get back in NBA shape if a team gives him a call.

Chalmers tourney

Spots remain available for Mario Chalmers’ National Championship Classic Golf Tournament and dinner banquet, set for Friday, July 31, at Alvamar Public.

The tourney is a fundraiser for former Kansas University guard Chalmers’ Foundation.

The cost is $250 for each person of a four-member scramble team. The cost includes an afternoon of golf, plus an evening banquet. Dinner guests of golf participants may attend the banquet for $75.

To play in the tourney or to become a sponsor, volunteer or donor, call Ronda Green at 785-819-4653 or e-mail Green at One can sign up at Deadline is Friday.

Those who will participate include Self and members of his staff as well as ‘08 players Chalmers, Darrell Arthur, Russell Robinson, Brandon Rush and Darnell Jackson. Former KU players Keith Langford, Aaron Miles and Wayne Simien are also signed up.

Recruiting update

KU will be hoping that Fabricio de Melo, a 7-foot-0, 270-pound senior from Sagemont High in Weston, Fla., will make some official recruiting visits this fall.

“Fab Melo,” who is’s No. 5-rated player nationally has already made several unofficial visits. Louisville and UConn are the favorites of the player also considering Florida, Miami, Florida State, Syracuse and Texas.

“If he decides to wait and take official visits, it would be because he wasn’t 100 percent positive on a particular school that he has already visited,” Melo’s high school coach, Adam Ross, told “There are a handful of schools, Kansas being one of them, that Fab would consider visiting, if that were to happen.”

Josiah Turner, a 6-3 point junior-to-be from Sacramento (Calif.) High, this week decided to re-open his recruiting. He committed to Arizona State on Sept. 9, 2008. says Turner had planned on attending Self’s Elite Camp this summer, but was unable to make it. Turner told Rivals that if KU’s coaching staff came calling, he would be very interested.


Paul Mitten 11 years, 10 months ago

This is pretty much a great update. Russell and Scot were both great 4-year guys that were really fun to watch, recruiting news is always great to hear, and I guess some people like golf.

Tony Bandle 11 years, 10 months ago

WOW!!! $250 per golfer...I guess you better be a head coach or a pro ball player to sign up for that tourney.

Let's see, with my current game, I would be paying roughly $2 per stroke. If there's water on the course, make that a $1 a stroke!!!

Look out for Billy the Kid from Florida. He's using former St. Louis Chaminade graduate, Florida alum and NBA player, David Lee to swing 7th-ranked, 2011 star guard Bradley Beal from leaning toward KU to going to the Gators.

Quick, call native St.Louisans Ryan Robertson and Jo Jo White!!!!!

Gary McCullough 11 years, 10 months ago

$250 isn't that bad for a charity tournament. The foursome will be joined by one of the players or Coach, so you get to interact with someone semi-famous for 4 or 5 hours. And the donation, less the cost of the round (green fees, cart rental, etc.) can be deducted from your Fed. Income Tax. If I lived closer to Lawrence, I'd be there.

Rock Chalk, y'all!

Kevin Long 11 years, 10 months ago

We are just weeks away from football season and yet everyday it's a basketball top story?????

mlubyRN 11 years, 10 months ago

Way to go Russ Rob!!! I Freekin knew it!

Kevin Long 11 years, 10 months ago

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Rick Arnoldy 11 years, 10 months ago

That was no "job interview" with Cheryl Miller. She was p.o.'ed. I thought Pollard handled it well but, again, it was no "job interview".

suttonku 11 years, 10 months ago

RR will be signed by the depth at the guard positon...ok well thats done lets move on...

goshenjhawk 11 years, 10 months ago

jwliddell - lol thank you for saying it how it is klong - we get it... i like football too... but big freaking deal...

Joe Baker 11 years, 10 months ago

It's great to learn this, but we all knew all long that he could impress. I don't know why it took this long for an NBA team to be "impressed." They need him and his experience in the Orlando organization. Way to go RussRob!!


mwilliam 11 years, 10 months ago

What rock have you guys been living under; Scott said it was entertainment and it is obvious to anyone with a little sense of humor that noone was pissed with anyone they were attempting to entertain. I thought each had some funny lines and they played it out well, but to say that Miller was pissed, give me a break. Why should she be pissed, she has it made and she could do that with or without Scott. But Scott has such a sense of humor he made it simply hilarious, held his own quite well.

Kevin Long 11 years, 10 months ago

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Ray March 11 years, 10 months ago

watch the video...

they were obviously playing with each other....especially towards the end.

Robin Smith 11 years, 10 months ago

Basketball rules in Lawrence, don't deny it.

KU Football is great, smoking dope while watching Breakfast Club is great, and so is Ninja Warrior, but none will supplant Basketball.

moaning about football coverage is so cliched and pointless.

Lost_in_the_Phog 11 years, 9 months ago

What a terrible headline to a story about a jayhawk! Calling RussRob an "ex" makes it sound like a divorce or like he transferred out. Don't forget he was the x-factor of the 2008 championship team! Show a little respect!

keith horinek 11 years, 9 months ago

I hope Russel gets on with Orlando or some other NBA team, I enjoyed watching him play, he was alway my favorite underdog player. Also that would make all five starters from the National Championship team playing in the NBA! I do not think any other school can say that! Orlando would be crazy not to take him.

Jesse Newell 11 years, 9 months ago

Lost_in_the_Phog — The Lawrence Journal-World's style is to only use "Ex-" in headlines. The reason for that is to save space, as oftentimes you need to keep headlines short to make them fit in the newspaper.

Our style also is to always use "former" instead of "ex-" in stories. You can see that in Gary's opening words of this story.

I hope that clears up why it is "ex-" in one place and "former" in the other .

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