By Marty Gordon
Steve Robinson will probably be checking out the college basketball scoreboard this coming Monday.
He is a graduate of William Fleming High School in Roanoke and went on to play two seasons at Ferrum Junior College. He continued his collegiate career at Radford University, where he was the team captain in 1979 and 1980 before earning his bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education in 1981.
He joined Roy Williams as an assistant coach at Kansas and then followed him to the University of North Carolina.
On four occasions during his time with the Tar Heels, Robinson was named one of the top-25 recruiters in college basketball and one of the top five high-major assistant coaches in college basketball.
Robinson was named an assistant coach at Arizona on Sept. 2, 2021 and the 2023-24 season will mark his third season at Arizona.
Squeezed in between UNC and Arizona, Robinson also spent a short term on the RU board of visitors.
Thus, he will have lots to watch for Monday when Radford University faces UNC Monday night in college basketball.
The question is what team could show up in first week of play for North Carolina, and how a group of transfers will mesh together for Radford.
Members of the Atlantic Coast Conference media corps picked the Carolina men’s basketball team to finish third in the ACC in 2023-24, the conference announced last week.
The conference’s panel of voting media predicted Carolina would finish third behind Duke and Miami in the 2023-24 standings, while also honoring fifth-year big man Armando Bacot as a first-team preseason All-ACC pick and freshman guard Elliot Cadeau as the ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year.
Bacot has been a first-team All-ACC pick after each of the last two seasons and is Carolina’s all-time leader in career rebounds (1,335) and double-doubles (68). Last year, he earned third-team All-America honors and finished in the top three in voting for ACC Player of the Year for the second year in a row. He ed the ACC in rebounding (10.4), offensive boards (4.2) and double-doubles (19), was fifth in field goal percentage (.554) and 11th in scoring (15.9).
Cadeau is a freshman point guard from West Orange, N.J., who played at Link Academy in Branson, Mo., last year.
Monday night’s contest is slated for 7 p.m. on the ACC Network.