For some, a lack of height is a death sentence to a basketball player’s career. However, with a certain skillset, a player can thrive at the Division I level, despite a lack of size.
One player that comes to mind is Tajaun Porter, who played for the Oregon Ducks from 2006 to 2010. Porter is only 5-foot-7, but his quickness and shooting ability made him an electrifying player in the Pac-12.
Pacific is bringing in a player similar to Porter in Dulani Robinson, a 5-foot-7 guard from the City College of San Francisco. Robinson is ultra-quick and has ridiculous range from outside. While he is awfully undersized, there is a good chance that Robinson is the Tigers most impactful newcomer.
At the City College of San Francisco
After completing a successful high school career at McClymonds High School in Oakland, Calif., Robinson took the Junior College route and played two seasons at the City College of San Francisco.
Robinson played in the sixth man role in his first season at CCSF on a team that made it to the state semifinals and finished the regular season undefeated. After the season, Robinson committed to UTEP to play for the Miners in 2013-2014. However, Robinson did not qualify academically and Robinson decided to return to CCSF.
Robinson started in his second season in the program, averaged 11.0 points and earned All-Coast Conference North honors. Robinson eventually committed to Pacific, joining his former CCSF teammate Gabriel Aguirre.
Robinson will have two years of eligibility at Pacific after playing two at CCSF.
Impact at Pacific
As alluded to before, Robinson is capable of being the Tigers most impactful newcomer this season.
Robinson is quick enough to blow by defenders and an exceptional long-range shooter. You can see for yourself in the following video (he’s number 3):
His skill set makes him a perfect fit for either the point or shooting guard spot in the Pacific lineup, giving coach Verlin some versatility with his backcourt reserves.
The Tigers have a very young backcourt, with T.J. Wallace as the starting point guard, sophomore David Taylor, freshmen Kaleb Warner and D.J. Ursery and other Junior College transfer Alec Kobre competing for the off-guard spots. There is no reason why Robinson cannot contribute right away for the Tigers, given the current pieces on their roster.