CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern senior Raemond Robinson is seeking to become the latest Buc to play professional basketball. Robinson competed in the Gotham Hoops Invitational on Long Island this past Saturday, giving him the chance to showcase his talents in front of pro scouts.
The fourth annual event featured other professional hopefuls from the likes of Rutgers, LaSalle, Fordham, Monmouth and Duquesne. Robinson learned of the showcase through CSU teammate Patrick Wallace, and took advantage of the opportunity by averaging 11 points over two games.
"There were a bunch of scouts and the local press was there too so it was a good event," Robinson said. "Going to the showcase helped me build a lot of confidence. This weekend, I came off the ball screen a lot and had that confidence where I could just play freely and know that I belong. I felt comfortable and am hoping to get a chance to keep playing because it's something I've wanted since I was a little kid."
Robinson, a local product from Goose Creek High School, is set to graduate from CSU with a communications degree on May 6. He finished his two-year CSU career tied for 11th in program history in made three-pointers, with 135. Robinson's 39.8 percent clip from downtown ranks 12th in CSU history. He hit 82 treys and led the Big South Conference with a 42.1 percent mark from beyond the arc as a junior. As a senior, Robinson served as a co-captain and averaged nearly six points per game while sinking 53 triples at a 37 percent clip.
"I feel like I can shoot the ball and shoot it anywhere," Robinson said. "I'm trying to work on my ball handling and round out my game. I'm working at it seven days a work and am committed to basketball."
Eight Charleston Southern alums have earned the chance to play professional in recent years. Robinson is bidding to join a group that includes Jamarco Warren (Class of 2011), Kelvin Martin (2012), Mathiang Muo (2013), Allie Fullah (2014), Cedrick Bowen (2015), Arlon Harper (2015), Saah Nimley (2015) and Will Saunders (2015).