The list goes on and on.
These are just a few of the greatest basketball players in the history of women’s college basketball.
Say what you want. But for 15-year-old Taylor Robinson of Memphis Academy of Science And Engineering (widely known as MASE), she undoubtedly is clinging to high hopes of someday being thrust among such prestigous company.
A speedy, versitile athlete who possesses mostly a size advantage for opposing players, Robinson doesn’t shy away from the notion that she could very well emerge as a household name in the foreseeable future, much like like former Mid-South-area basketball standouts Nikki McCray and Tamika Whitmore.
“I love basketball because I love to dominate and will always dominate,” a seemingly confident Robinson said during a recent interview with sports journalist Andre Johnson.
And dominant she has been. So much, in fact, that with proper progression, coupled with a keen passion for the game, Robinson will almost certainly fulfill her much-anticipated dream of playing at the collegiate level.
And possibly the level after that.
“I gave Taylor her first basketball at two years (of age),” Amy Chaffin Robinson’s mother, explained. “She has been on a (competitive) team since second grade. I first noticed Taylor’s (love for basketball) at age two while playing with me. I noticed she can shoot. Wow! I said, ‘She’s competitive too.’ I was thinking, ‘Is she really my daughter?’ She’s got talent.”
So much talent, in fact, that Robinson’s rise on the hardwood throughout this basketball-crazed Bluff City has been highlighted by her often partaking in pickup and competive games with her male counterparts at a South Memphis-area gymnasium.
Among the reasons the 5-foot-8 Robinson has appeared virtually relentless on the court in recent years — most notably at the high school and AAU ranks — is that she had evolved as a fixture as a member of a boys team for Memphis Athletics Ministry during summer league competition.
Add to the fact that even as a high school freshman, she has attended a number of Mid-South-area camps in which she had the luxury of upgrading her skills and fundamentals, and it’s no wonder this kid is making a strong case to lure a slew of college scouts and recruiters to MASE in the foreseeable future, although college hoops scouts visiting charter schools has yet to become a notable trend.
Because Robinson has proven to be just as talents as her public schools peers, that could very well change sooner than we think.
Among the reasons is that Robinson has gone to great lengths to earn the vote of confidence from past and current coaches, a trend that figures sway scouts to take a closer look at charter school-based athletes.
If nothing, they’d be crazy not to keep a close eye out for Robinson, whose primary objective moving forward is to dominate.
Er, “always dominate,” she reiterated.
“I am happy for her because I know she will get better and stronger,” said Chaffin, fighting back tears as she assessed her daughter’s progress in recent years. “She is an awesome kid inside and out. Her passion for basketball is phenomenal. Taylor loves and lives to play basketball. She leaves practice and games and then comes and grab a basketball starts dribbling.”
At what point will the dribbling ever stop?
Well, as far as Robinson is concerned, no time soon.
No time in the near future.
“She wakes up in the morning dribbling a basketball,” Chaffin said. “It’s not a day that goes by that she doesn’t talk (about) or grabs a basketball.”
A trend that has taken place for the past 13 years.
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