Second Prep Star Headed Out West | Friday, May 2nd, 2008

Second Prep Star Headed Out West

When Larry Anderson committed to Long Beach State it was a steal for sure, but at least one that could be traced back to Anderson’s California roots.  How the 49ers were also able to land another steal in St. Thomas More’s T.J. Robinson is a flat out mystery. 

Robinson is from Connecticut and starred at Kolbe Cathedral High School (Bridgeport, CT) for four years before arriving at St. Thomas More (Oakdale, CT) this year for his post-graduate work. 

Like Anderson, Robinson had a strong degree of mid-major interest, and even some from the high major level.  And while schools like New Mexico State and Nevada were involved at various points, the vast majority of his interest lied in the northeast.  But ultimately, he decided to head west with Anderson in what has to be considered a terrific recruiting class for the 49’ers. 

Both Robinson and Anderson have the potential to not only play right away, but be major factors in their freshman seasons.  They should certainly form a deadly duo at the forward positions for the next four years.  With their combined athleticism and attacking mentalities, it will be difficult for many opposing team’s frontcourts to keep up with the 49’ers if they make a complete commitment to play the game at a quick tempo. 

Both Anderson and Robinson have signed their binding National Letters of Intent.

"We feel these two really add athleticism and qualities to our basketball program that we were lacking this year," said Long Beach State Head Coach Dan Monson. "With our elimination of junior college recruiting this year, we are excited to be able to add a couple of freshmen who gained valuable experience in the prep school ranks. We expect both to contribute immediately for us."