Anthony Robinson II through the eyes of his high school coach, FSU legend Charlie Ward

Ward coached Robinson through one of the most successful runs in Florida high school basketball history at Florida State University HS.

After being put through the wringer by Nick Honor and Sean East II over the summer, freshman guard Anthony Robinson II has emerged as a quality piece on this Mizzou roster. Sure, the Tallahassee-native has had some freshman moments, but Robinson has also shown great poise, proven to be a pesky defender and provides a true spark for this team when he enters the game.

Averaging 4.3 PPG, 1.9 RBG and 1.2 APG, Robinson has shown flashes of his immense potential while adjusting to life in the SEC, fighting through an illness and dealing with the passing of his grandmother. And, the benefits of learning behind veterans such as Honor and East will surely pay dividends when he is counted upon to be a leader at the guard spot next season.

Robinson was rated as a 3-star recruit out of Florida State University High School, where he played under Charlie Ward and produced a résumé that rivals that of the greatest high school basketball players of all time. Recording a 109-25 record, Robinson ranks as the all-time winningest high school player in the state of Florida. He won four district championships, was named to the 2022 All-State First Team and won the 3A State Championship in 2022.

Ward, a former dual-sport athlete at Florida State that many sports fans may know from his Heisman-winning season with the Noles and 11-year career with the New York Knicks, took the time to speak to me about his former player and how he’s evaluated Robinson’s development at Mizzou thus far.



Gideon Canice

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