Robinson and her 6-foot-9 wingspan are headed to New Mexico
With a 6-foot-9 wingspan, Anchorage’s Azaria Robinson could probably touch the stars.
She’ll settle for chasing them.
The 6-foot-2 West High senior accepted a basketball scholarship from the University of New Mexico of the Mountain West Conference.
Long arms put her on a short list of premier post players in the country as ESPN ranked her top-15 nationally for her position in the Class of 2019.
Robinson was a high-riser on the summer circuit with the Alaska Stars and received many NCAA D1 offers before picking the Lobos over Gonzaga, Nevada and Cal.
“Prior to my visit I had done a lot of research on the educational program and I really like their engineering program, which I plan to go into,” she told me. “When I went on my visit, I met the coaches. I met the players. It just felt like the perfect program for me.”
Her choice hinged on studying engineering as much as playing basketball.
“I want to go into a career that I actually like to do once I can’t play basketball, whenever that is, because I do plan on trying to play professionally after college,” she said.
Robinson is a mismatch problem for opponents because her size and strength allow her to overpower smaller players and her athleticism and versatility allow her to maneuver by taller players.
She is also terrific in transition, whether it’s finishing on the break or breaking up a pass defending it.
Her wing span was reportedly 6-7, but Robinson confirmed another growth spurt over the summer.
“Last time I measured it was 6-9,” she said. “I think I take up a lot of space, but you also have to know how to use your length.”
She sees herself as a ‘Stretch 3’ and has worked hard on improving her ballhandling skills.
“I prioritize my weaknesses to try and make them strengths because you’re only as good as your weakest link,” Robinson said. “If you’re weak in one aspect it means your entire team is weaker because you’re weak in that aspect.”
Robinson credited her time with the Alaska Stars for helping her get the exposure needed to land multiple D1 offers.
“We had a really good season, and we had a really good team, too. I think it’s really important for kids in Alaska to get a chance to be seen by college coaches,” she said. “Because we live in Alaska, we’re already at a disadvantage compared to everybody else, so getting as much exposure as you can is really the key to go to the next level.”