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Humble Robinson stays focused on road ahead

By Danny O'malley
On November 1, 2012

Jeff Robinson, senior forward
on the Xavier men's basketball
team, grew up living with his grandmother and father in Indianapolis, Ind. Robinson began playing basketball at a very young age, particularly pick-up games with his cousins as a child.
His father is someone that he looks up to more than anyone else in his life.
Growing up, his father was always working in an attempt to make a good living for their family and be a good father for Robinson.
Robinson's father taught him two qualities that he is passionate
about - hard work and perseverance.
When life gets hard it is sometimes difficult to move forward.
Robinson says that his father
showed "more perseverance
than anyone else he knows," and it has allowed Robinson to get to where he is today.
Robinson says that while he does have a lot of natural
basketball talent, most of his success comes from the hard work throughout his life that he has learned from his father.
Robinson played in his first organized
basketball game in 7th grade and since then has continuously trained and improved his game, allowing him to play basketball at Xavier.
One motivation in Robinson's life is the relationship he has with his siblings. All of them look up to him, reminding him that he is their role model.
Robinson makes sure that he is setting a good example for his siblings in everything he does so that they may grow up to become Writergreat people.
Family is an element in Robinson's life that has been instrumental
in his development. Every year, his family holds a reunion
where he has a chance to catch up with everyone. It's one of his favorite times of the year.
The successful Robinson has been known to be very humble according to the student body. When asked about his grandmother
and what she has taught him, Robinson said she has taught him to be humble.
"My grandmother
always reminded me to be humble in whatever I do," Robinson said.
This attitude has allowed Robinson to stay focused on his goals and continue
to put effort into his passions.
He explained that his biggest passion
in life is basketball,
and after college, he plans on playing more basketball.
"I'm not sure which direction I want to go, but what I do know is that I want to keep playing
basketball," Robinson said.
With the help of his family, fiancée
and friends, Robinson will continue being humble, persevering
and most of all working hard in order to achieve his goals of playing basketball after his senior year here at Xavier University.


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