Justin Robinson is GB point guard royalty and a fan favourite around MM circles. The former MM champion and GB International had an outstanding year last season, getting buckets in the Greek top flight as one of the leading scoring guards across the whole league, being named ‘All-Greek A1 League Honorable Mention’. After lighting up the nets in Greece, it came as no surprise that the Brixton native was one of the most coveted players on the market over the summer.
After fielding offers from a wide number of teams across the continent, the lightening quick guard finally chose Euro Cup regular, Union Olimpija who play in Slovenia’s top division and also the highly respected Adriatic League as the next stop on his impressive pro career.
We caught up with ‘J-Stone’ just before he flew out to join his new team to touch base on his outlook for the season ahead:
MM: Congratulations on signing Olimpija! It’s a big move to a team who have proven pedigree at the elite level in Europe. What was your main motivation in deciding to make the jump across to Slovenia?
JR: Well I’ve heard good things about the team from friends that have played there in the past, so I felt comfortable going there. Also the chance to play in several leagues was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. (Ed: Olimpija will compete in their domestic top flight, the Telemach League, alongside the Adriatic League with features some of European basketball’s most powerful teams and also the Euro Cup – second only to the Euroleague, in European competitions).
MM: You had an outstanding season last year what are your personal goals for this season ahead?
JR: My personal goals are just to play the best I can play, be as efficient as possible and make a good impression on and off the court as I continue on with this next step in my career.
MM: Olimpija play in the Euro Cup, which is a huge opportunity for a British player and one which is very rare amongst your peers – how does it feel to be presented with the opportunity and what are your expectations of the competition ahead?
JR: It feels good to have a chance to play at a high level such as Euro Cup. I’ve been working hard both in season and out of season for a long time now so I feel ready for this. I just expect to go in there and make some noise and show people I belong at this level.
MM: From the outside looking in, you look to be in a great place right now with your game – how do you feel about where you are within your game relative to where you want to be and what have been the keys to your success over the past year in particularly?
JR: I feel good personally in terms of the rhythm I am in right now. I think I am just trying to become more effecient as a player and play consistently at a high level. I think the keys have been looking after my body better and staying injury free. Also, intense workouts down at Brixton rec throughout the summer and advice from Wayne Henry has helped me a lot over the last couple of seasons. (Ed: Wayne Henry is a former pro and one of the best players ever to emerge from London over the years – a 6’6″ wing with guard skills and excellent footwork. If you don’t know about him, ask an older head…Wayne was the truth).
MM: We’re excited for your season ahead and as ever, will continue to cover you as things get underway over there. You’re a great role model for these younger players to look up to and we wish you all the very best for the season ahead!
JR: Thank you guys again for the support you show me. Will definitely be in touch throughout the season!
You can stay up to date with every step of Justin’s season in Slovenia with the new season of About To Go In – featured each week on midnightmadness.tv from late September.
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