May 1, 2019
MARYVILLE, Tenn. – Jailen Robinson, a senior at Walnut Grove High School in Loganville, Ga., has committed to continue his academic and basketball careers at Maryville College.
Robinson, a 6-foot-7 forward, was a First Team All-Region 8-AAAAA honoree in his senior season for head coach Ryan Terry's Warrior squad. He notched 12 points, 7 rebounds, five assists, and 2 blocks per game during the 2018-19 season. His ability to play inside and out was key to the success for Walnut Grove.
"Jailen has proven that he can score against quality defenders," Head Coach Raul Placeres said. "I love his offensive skills. He has a great range on his jump shot. With his 6-foot-7 and 230-pound frame, he can play inside or out. Once he adjusts to the speed of the college game, I can see Jailen being a strong contributor to our program. He is the 5th player in our 2019 class 6'6 or taller. Jailen is an outstanding young man with a bright future ahead of him both on off the floor."
Robinson is the son of Andre and Eursula Robinson.
He joins a Maryville College program that captured their second consecutive USA South Athletic Conference league tournament championship during the 2018-19 campaign. The Scots earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the 20th time in school history and put together a winning season for the 28th time in the last 29 seasons. Coach Placeres will take the sideline as the head coach of the Scots for the first time in the 2019-20 season. He replaces Randy Lambert, who retired following the 2018-19 season after 39 years as head coach.
Placeres moves into the head coaching role after eight seasons as an assistant coach on Coach Lambert's staff. He was also a standout point guard for the Scots from 2003-05, starting 56 games in his two-year career. Placeres also led his squad to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, including taking the Scots to their last Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2003-04. He also holds the single-game record for assists, dishing out 17 in a win over Oglethorpe.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2018 semester was 1,154.