News hit Twitter early in the week that Dulani Robinson, a quick and talented point guard out of Northern California, had committed to play for the Miners in the 2013 season. That became official on Saturday as Robinson signed to become a Miner.
We had a chance to catch up with him, and this is what he had to say concerning his choice to come to El Paso:
"I chose UTEP because I will be a part of a great tradition and history. Coach Floyd is a great coach and has a great basketball mind. He is building a program that I want to be a part of."
Robinson, out of McClymonds High School in Oakland, comes to the Miners with three years of eligibility remaining following his single season at the City College of San Francisco, which also happens to be the same school UTEP's McKenzie Moore came out of just a year ago.
At CCSF the 5'9 Robinson was the sixth man off the bench, but was an integral part of the team. He averaged double figure scoring in the 2012-13 season, and is a good ball handler and shooter, but perhaps more importantly considers himself a leader and a solid defender.
When asked about his strengths on the court, Robinson had this to say:
"My strengths on the court, I feel, are being a leader, shooting, ball handling, passing, and defense. But, being a leader is first, everything else will fall into place after that."
Robinson's talent on the court hasn't gone unnoticed. Along with the Miners, schools like Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Bakersfield were also in the running to land his services, with both offering before UTEP came along.
It'll be interesting to see exactly what role Robinson will play in the upcoming season. Both junior guard C.J. Cooper, and junior guard McKenzie Moore are expected to handle most of the time at the point, but with the recent departures and non-qualifications, Robinson could be thrust into action immediately.
Its no secret that the Miners have run thin at the guard position, and considering he already has some college experience, it definitely helps to add a guy like Robinson to secure a bit of depth.
Dulani Robinson joins freshman guard Josh Brown, freshman guard/forward Jake Flaggert, and freshman forward Vincent Hunter as the Miners' class of 2013. Also joining the Miners will be redshirt freshman center Matt Willms, and perhaps others as the UTEP coaches are still expected to entertain another visit or two, and the Isaac Hamilton situation is still unfolding.