November 13, 1966 |
|Nationality||American / Jamaican|
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
|High school||Cambridge Rindge and Latin
|NBA draft||1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall|
|Selected by the Atlanta Hawks|
|Number||22, 24, 20, 21|
|1992–1993||New Jersey Nets|
|1994–1995||Rapid City Thrillers|
|1996||Portland Trail Blazers|
|1996–1997||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1997||Portland Trail Blazers|
|1997–1998||Grand Rapids Hoops|
|1998||La Crosse Bobcats|
|2002||Marinos de Oriente|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||2,546 (7.6 ppg)|
|Assists||1,179 (3.5 apg)|
|Steals||301 (0.9 spg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Rumeal James Robinson (born November 13, 1966) is a retired American professional basketball player. Growing up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Robinson graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School and went on to play point guard for the University of Michigan. After a strong showing in Michigan's 1989 NCAA championship, Robinson was drafted #10 in the first round of the 1990 NBA Draft.
Robinson averaged 14.3 points and 5.7 assists during his collegiate career at the University of Michigan. He achieved fame during his junior year for sinking two crucial free throws with 3 seconds left in the 1989 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship to win the game for the Wolverines over Seton Hall University.
Robinson was drafted in 1990 by the Atlanta Hawks with the 10th pick. He was signed to a four-year deal with the Hawks. He also played for the New Jersey Nets, Charlotte Hornets, Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers. Robinson also spent time in the Continental Basketball Association. He played in the Euroleague during the 2001–02 season for KK Zadar.
Post-playing career, criminal activity and conviction
After his playing career was over, Robinson attempted to become a property developer in his native Jamaica. On September 4, 2009, he was arrested and charged with bank fraud, bribery and wire fraud related to the financing of the development project. His adoptive mother also alleged that she was swindled out of her home by one of Robinson's business associates when Robinson asked her to use it as collateral for a loan.
On September 8, 2010, Robinson was convicted on 11 counts in federal court in Des Moines, Iowa. He was found guilty on charges including bank bribery, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit bank fraud and making a false statement to a financial institution. On January 7, 2011 he was sentenced to 6½ years (78 months) in prison for fraud and other crimes. In March, 2012, a federal judge ruled that US $369,000 of Robinson's pension fund could be seized to help cover restitution owed due to his sham business deal.
- ESPN Classic - Michigan wins behind Rumeal Robinson
- Ex-Michigan star Rumeal Robinson gets 6½ years for fraud - ESPN
- "Hawks Sign Top Choice". The New York Times. September 19, 1990. Retrieved 2007-01-15.
- "Ex-NBA Star Rumeal Robinson Swindled Mom Out Of Her Cambridge Home". Retrieved 2009-10-02.
- Associated Press (8 September 2010). "Rumeal Robinson guilty in fraud scheme". espn.com. Retrieved 11 September 2010.
- Rumeal Robinson to lose part of pension fund in bank fraud case - ESPN
- Associated Press (7 January 2011). "Former Michigan star sentenced to 6 1⁄2 years in jail". Yahoo! Sport. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
- NBA Player file
- Rumeal Robinson @ basketball-reference.com
- Rumeal Robinson @ basketballreference.com
- University of Michigan Basketball Statistical Archive