The place was packed. Filled with basketball crazy fans. Not the hoops nuts found in Detroit. These were real basketball fans.
Lake Central junior Glenn Robinson III walked into Conseco Fieldhouse on April 6 to watch the Pacers take on the Wizards. "Trey" was invited by the Pacers.
"It was a great honor," Robinson said. "Being on Conseco's floor and representing all the great players, it meant a lot."
More than 100 basketball players in Indiana earned the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association/Pacers-Fever Players of the Week award. The Michigan-bound standout was one of 10 Hoosiers selected to be honored at halftime of the Pacers' game.
"A couple of fans recognized me when I was on that Jumbotron, or whatever they call it," Robinson said.
He was there with Princeton's Rontray Chavis, Bloomington South's Dee Davis, Perry Meridian's Max Landis and Monroe Central's Logan Thomas.
On the girls' side it was Ben Davis' Bria Goss, Bloomington South's Kaila Hulls, Mt. Vernon's Jessica Brown, Norwell's Jessica Rupright and Elkhart Memorial's Akyah Taylor.
These are the best of the best. Robinson belongs in this group.
The 6-foot-6 guard averaged 22.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists at L.C. last season. He scored 39 against E.C. Central. He scored 60 in two sectional games at West Side.
Munster was the story at Class 4A Sectional 1 in March, but Robinson was the first sentence. And chapter.
Being named a Core 6 member of the Indiana Junior All-Stars was a no-brainer. And walking out onto Conseco is likely a double round-robin look into Robinson's future.
Lake Central is an early favorite among 4A teams in Indiana. Don't be shocked if Dave Milausnic's team makes a run next March. And expect to see Robinson on an NBA floor in the coming years, just like his dad.
But he won't be holding a certificate in his hands when that happens.
"Every basketball player has a dream to make it big like that," Robinson said. "Being out there (on April 6) gave me a little momentum, a little motivation, to work even harder to get there.
"I want to get my high school team there next year. But to (make it to the NBA) is definitely a dream of mine."
What makes Robinson special is not his above-the-rim playing ability, although that does sell tickets. What sets him apart is his humility about his place in the world.
That side of the budding superstar is just as impressive as his two-handed slams.
"They didn't have to pick me. There were 100 other players they could've chosen," Robinson said. "It means a lot that coaches think that highly of me. I thank them and respect them for that.
"I didn't expect it. They told me they chose me because of my character on and off the court. I'm honored."
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