Men’s basketball | July 6, 2020
PHILADELPHIA CREAM – La Salle University Men’s Basketball Head Coach Ashley howard announced on Monday that former University of Virginia star Jamal Robinson has been hired as an assistant coach with his team.
Robinson, who was a four-year laureate with the Cavaliers from 1993 to 1997 before embarking on a 13-year professional career that included a stint with the National Basketball Association, has spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Hampton University.
“We are thrilled to add Jamal Robinson to our La Salle basketball family,” said Howard. “Jamal is highly respected in basketball circles at the local, college and professional levels as one of the best skills development coaches in our industry. We are delighted to see him working directly with our talented young group of people. ‘explorers. “
Originally from Jamaica, Queens, New York, Robinson joined the college ranks as an assistant at Hampton in 2018, after a successful stint as a development skills instructor. For nearly a decade, Robinson worked directly with various elite basketball camps, including the Nike Pre-Draft Camp, and assisted in the development of high school, college and professional basketball players.
“I am extremely happy to have the opportunity to join the La Salle University men’s basketball program,” said Robinson. “I am ready to go back to the gym and work with our student-athletes.”
Before starting his coaching career, Robinson enjoyed enormous success as a player. For 13 years, the 6-7 forward played professionally at the highest levels in the world.
Robinson trained with various NBA teams, including the Portland Trailblazers, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic and the Washington Wizards, before eventually signing a two-year contract with the Miami Heat. He continued to play in the CBA, NBA Developmental League and internationally for over a decade, winning several league championships and individual accolades.
As a varsity player at the University of Virginia, Robinson received the ACC Tournament All-Star honors as a rookie after helping the Cavaliers win the title game. He averaged 16.0 points per game over three games, totaling 19 points and scoring the winning layup in a win over No.1 Duke. UVa would make the second round of the NCAA tournament in 1994 and advance to the Elite Eight of the 1995 NCAA tournament in its second season.
A graduate of Monsignor McClancy in Queens, Robinson was named First Team All-City by the New York Daily News, the New York Post and Newsday. After his senior year, he was selected to play for the United States All-Stars in the Capital City High School All-American Game at Cole Fieldhouse at the University of Maryland against the Maryland All-Stars. Robinson became the first Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School alumnus to play in the NBA.