Recruit Robinson may opt for junior college

By Wes Swietek

The NIU men’s basketball version of the “Fab-Five” may soon be the “Fab-Four.”

Of the five Huskies recruits who have already signed letters of intent, the most heralded is Proviso East’s Jamal Robinson. Robinson recently led his team to the state class AA title.

But the 6-4 center has yet to meet minimum NCAA academic requirements, and may be on his way to a junior college, according to a report in Sunday’s Chicago Tribune.

“He may not qualify,” Proviso East coach Bob Hitt was quoted as saying in the Tribune.

“If he doesn’t, he hasn’t decided whether he will go to a junior college or sit out at Northern. Right now, he’s not leaning in any particular direction. Of course, he still has a chance to qualify,” Hitt said.

Robinson averaged 15 points and 10.7 rebounds for the 32-0 Pirates who also won the state title in 1991. He was recently named to the First-Team All-State squad.

The other four already-signed recruits have qualified academically.

They are: forwards Mike Hartke (Heyworth), Clayton Stivers (Findlay), Scott Peterson (Pekin) and 6-3 guard Chad Weeks from Blaine, Minn.

The second national signing date for basketball players is Wednesday (April 15).

The Huskies have already received a verbal commitment from Haris Mujeczinovic of Amundsen High School.

Mujeczinovic is a 6-7 forward who was being recruited by Loyola and other local schools before choosing NIU.