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Justin Robinson signs with OKC

By Ed Williams | April 05
Via WITN22

Former Virginia Tech star Justin Robinson has signed a deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Following an outstanding run in the G-League bubble, it is no surprise that Robinson has found himself a team for the stretch run of the NBA season. Robinson was one of the most impressive guards in the G-League bubble, averaging 15.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 6.0 assists. Robinson has also showed an ability to shoot 3s at a high percentage, shooting 40% from beyond the arc.

The Thunder find themselves in desperate need of guard help, with star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander out with a foot injury. Gilgeous-Alexander currently leads the Thunder in both points per game and assists per game. Lu Dort is also in concussion protocol for OKC.

Robinson will likely have an opportunity to get on the floor and make an impression right away. With Gilgeous-Alexander out, the Thunder have turned to rookie Theo Maledon as the only true point guard in the rotation. Maledon has found some success, but his season average of 3.3 assists leaves a lot to be desired. J-Rob will be an instant improvement in that category. Robinson will also find himself on the same roster as former Virginia guard Ty Jerome.

And one more thing: Its time to retire #5 in Cassell Coliseum.

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After 3 years in Blacksburg, I graduated from Virginia Tech in the spring of 2019. Before transferring to VT, I played 1 year of lacrosse at another southwest VA school, Ferrum College. While I loved the D3 life, transferring to Virginia Tech was the best decision I've ever made. I loved every second of my 3 years and I wish it lasted longer.

You'll have a hard time finding a bigger VT Hoops fan than me. Watching the 2019 men’s basketball team make a run to the sweet 16 is by far my favorite VT sports memory, and I’m excited to watch Coach Mike Young get this program back to that level on a consistent basis.

Besides Virginia Tech athletics, I am a huge D.C. sports fan. The Nationals winning the 2019 World Series is my single favorite sports memory, and quite honestly will be very hard to beat. Hopefully a Virginia Tech football or basketball National Championship will give the Nats a run for their money in the near future.

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