Alex Robinson the human is pretty easy to be impressed with. If you have ever have the chance to talk to the young man, you’ll find an eloquent, insightful, bright person who sees the big picture and has clearly defined goals on and off the hardwood. Alex wants to be more than a basketball player in Fort Worth, he wants to impact the community he grew up in and knows that basketball is a vehicle for him to do so, something he is well aware of. “You see kids growing up, especially in the impoverished areas, we give them hope now. We them a destination to reach. Whether it’s sports or academics it really doesn’t matter. We’re giving kids opportunities, we’re a school in this area. Really, there are a lot of impoverished kids in this area, and we are giving them somewhere to look up to.”
A local kid whose mom starred for TCU Women’s Basketball around the same time as Jamie Dixon was making a name for himself in the men’s program, Robinson initially went to College Station to play for Texas A&M, signing with the Aggies as a four star recruit. But after a season of limited playing time and a tragic event in his personal life, Robinson was called to be closer to home, agreeing to transfer to his hometown school just prior to Jamie Dixon coming onboard as the new head coach.
An NIT Championship and NCAA Tournament berth later, Robinson is poised to lead the Frogs farther than ever in his final season as the floor general of Funky Town. While talent abounds on the 2018-2018 roster, there is little question that this is A-Rob’s team to lead. One of just two seniors on the team, along with JD Miller, Robinson brings a veteran’s calming presence to a roster replete of experience. Robinson’s scoring average dropped by a couple points last season, but his assists went up as he looked to get more players involved on the offensive end.
It’s his stated goal to become the all-time assists leader at TCU, and he has worked tirelessly to fulfill that goal. Last year, he passed his head coach on the all-time assist leaders charge, and is just 157 dimes away from catching another former Frog currently on staff - Corey Santee. Robinson is also second all-time in assists per game, with a career average of 6.0. Last season, he set the single game assist record with 17 and came with in six of the single season record of 234, a mark he should eclipse this season with even more firepower around him.
Personal goals aside, this season is crucial for Robinson and TCU. The lone preseason honoree, Robinson is on the watch list for the Bob Cousy Award and a preseason All-Big 12 Conference team member. The expectations are high for the point guard, and higher still for his team. “We’ve never been ranked this high before this early. I think that will draw a good crowd from the get go. We’re here to compete for a championship.”
With a solid season from A-Rob, the sky’s the limit for Jamie Dixon’s Horned Frogs. The journey begins tonight.