Nathan Robinson balls on the basketball court. He powered his team to a historic state championship and received multiple accolades along the way. Throughout the year, he poster-ized multiple opponents with powerful slam dunks and then put it on full display when he won the 2018 CaliHoop dunk contest.
And for that, the senior from Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek is this week’s talent on That Kid’s Got Game.
At the April 1 dunk contest, the 6'4" guard reeled in the judges with a reverse jam that had Dominique Wilkins flare and then brought the house down after passing it to himself off the backboard and finishing with the windmill flush. He received a perfect 10 score from all four judges.
From Manchester, England but raised in the Bay Area, Robinson has been playing basketball since he was seven-years-old. And he’s continued to grind for the sport that means “everything” to him. A sport where he’s able to improvise in the moment when necessary. Robinson said he had no routine heading into the dunk contest. Each dunk was decided on the spot.
During the 2017-18 season, Robinson averaged 21 points, five rebounds and four assists per game, earning him a nod to Max Preps’ First Team All-NorCal squad. And at the 2018 All NorCal Games, playing in the Bay Area versus Sacramento team, he scored a game high 36 points behind seven three-pointers in the 116-114 win.
And he helped his team open the season with 15 consecutive wins. Then, after suffering back-to-back losses, the Knights stormed the league and played for the state championship at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, where they lost to Chino Hills.
They Knights lost at State. But they made history, as it was the first state championship berth the program had ever seen.
Robinson has not committed to a college yet. He said there’s a few schools included in his decision making process. When asked by email if he wanted to share which schools, he did not.
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