Making his contribution: Robinson starting, playing well at Central Wyoming
When it came to playing college basketball, Grand Junction High School’s Everett Robinson wanted to go somewhere he could contribute right away.
Robinson chose Central Wyoming College in Riverton, Wyo., and after the first half of the season, he’s done plenty of contributing.
The Rustlers are 10-3, and as the team’s starting small forward, Robinson is averaging 14.3 points per game, seven rebounds and shooting 36 percent from 3-point range.
“Everett is having a great year so far,” Central Wyoming coach Jamie Stevens said.
One reason for Robinson’s early success was the mental mind frame he had going into the October training camp. The 6-foot-4 Robinson was not cocky, but extremely sure of the skills he possessed.
“I was going in confident,” Robinson said. “I knew I could play with everyone that was there.”
Robinson didn’t waste any time proving he belonged at the college level. In his first game against Northeastern Junior College, Robinson scored six points and grabbed six rebounds. Against Trinidad State Junior College, Robinson scored 19 points, including five 3-pointers. Robinson didn’t lose much steam, scoring a season-high 30 points Dec. 5 against Treasure Valley Community College.
“It’s been real competitive,” Robinson said. “The tempo is a lot faster, plus there’s a shot clock, so a lot of the games are more high scoring.”
In addition to a quicker tempo, Robinson noted how much athleticism exists every time he steps on the floor.
“Everyone can dunk,” Robinson said. “Not everyone can shoot, but everyone will try to break you down and take you to the hoop.”
Although the basketball side of things came naturally, Robinson said it was interesting getting to know his new teammates. A melting pot for junior college basketball, the Central Wyoming team has five players from Serbia, two German players and one Australian on the team.
“It’s very unique,” Robinson said. “I’ve never really been around foreigners, so at first it was weird, but once we all warmed up to each other it’s been good.”
Another side of the college game that has been surprised Robinson is the steady crowds. He said he wasn’t sure what to expect, but didn’t think the gyms would be as full as they are.
“We go to Trinidad and they got their whole baseball team there yelling at you,” Robinson said. “It’s pretty intense, but I like that type of atmosphere.”
The second half of the season begins Jan. 4 for the Rustlers against Trinidad State. The season wraps up March 5 when Central Wyoming plays in the Region IX tournament. The winner of the tournament will move onto the NJCAA basketball tournament in Hutchinson, Kan.
“We are just planning to keep winning games,” Robinson said. “We want to get to and win the Region IX tournament.”