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Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Cameron Robinson made his way from the Caribbean to Florida to play high school basketball and earned a scholarship to Lipscomb University. He played for coach Scott Sanderson from 2002 through 2006. He still keeps up with former teammates, especially James Poindexter, Shaun Durant, Eddie Ard and Michael Lusk.
Robinson, described by coach Sanderson as the ultimate team player, spoke to the Lipscomb Fastbreak Club Dec. 9 and took some time to talk with LipscombSports.com.
Fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb: There are several. But the night I set an NCAA era school record for rebounds in a game with 17 against Jackson State (12/8/05) is the biggest.
Brandon Brown came within one of tying Robinson’s record with 16 against Samford Nov. 26, 2007.
“To this day when coach Sanderson has someone in the game who is close to reaching that total I sort of yell at him a little bit and ask him to take them off the floor,” said Robinson. “I want to hold that record.”
Another fond memory was the opportunity to play on the floor at Rupp Arena against Kentucky in the Guardian Classic Nov. 14, 2005.
“Growing up, you see Rupp Arena on TV, but you never expect to play there,” said Robinson.
One memory he would like to erase is the sound of an alarm clock at 4 a.m. reminding him of early morning conditioning.
“To this day I cannot listen to the regular sound of an alarm clock,” Robinson said. “I have to listen to something like music.”
Biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb: The entire coaching staff had an influence on Robinson, but coach Scott Sanderson stands out for what he taught about both the game of basketball and life.
“Playing here was a one in a lifetime opportunity,” said Robinson. “I really think back to when I played here and I remember one or two speeches that made the biggest impact in my life. The biggest thing he said was that it takes a lifetime to build character, but only a couple of seconds to break it down. Whenever I do anything I try to remember that.”
Fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb: Meeting his wife, also a Lipscomb student, is his favorite non-athletic memory.
“I met her in Johnson Hall,” said Robinson. “One of my friends liked one of her friends. He was talking to her and I started talking to Lauren, my now wife. That’s how we met.”
Most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb: “You have to overcome life’s obstacles,” said Robinson. “When one door closes don’t give up because another door will open up for you. You just have to keep working and something good will come out of it. The main thing is to not give up.”
Robinson remembers coach Sanderson always talking about being careful how a person leads his or life because there is always someone watching.
“I was watching coach Sanderson and how he dealt with his wife and children,” said Robinson. “I remember coach Jay (Walton) and how excited he was as he prepared for his first child. And coach Shaun (Senters) was someone I could always talk with. They may not have known I was watching, but I was.
“I try to be the best Dad. I try to be the best person at work each day. I want to have a smile on my face.”
Favorite professor: Robinson admitted to having more than one favorite professor based on the personal attention he received from so many of his instructors, but Dr. Paul Prill stands out.
“He made it so much fun to be in class,” said Robinson. “He wasn’t too strict. He wasn’t too lenient. He was in the middle.”
Residence: Nashville, Tenn.
Occupation: Head Teller, Renasant Bank
“It really reminds me of Lipscomb,” said Robinson. “It is so family-oriented.”
Family: Lauren, his wife since April 2007, and one daughter Jayda, 13 months old.
“I can’t wait to get home from work each day to play with Jayda,” said Robinson. “I remember watching coach Jay Walton when he and his wife were about to have their first child. I remember watching coach Sanderson dealing with his wife and children. I know how important family is to my life.”