Rumeal Robinson

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Rumeal Robinson
Personal information
Born (1966-11-13) November 13, 1966 (age 50)
Mandeville, Jamaica
Nationality American / Jamaican
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Cambridge Rindge and Latin
(Cambridge, Massachusetts)
College Michigan (1987–1990)
NBA draft 1990 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career 1990–2002
Position Point guard
Number 22, 24, 20, 21
Career history
19901992 Atlanta Hawks
19921993 New Jersey Nets
1993–1994 Charlotte Hornets
1994–1995 Rapid City Thrillers
1995 Shreveport Crawdads
1995 Shreveport Storm
1995–1996 Connecticut Pride
1996 Portland Trail Blazers
1996–1997 Los Angeles Lakers
1997 Phoenix Suns
1997 Portland Trail Blazers
1997–1998 Grand Rapids Hoops
1998 La Crosse Bobcats
2001–2002 KK Zadar
2002 Skipper Bologna
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

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.[1][2]

NBA career[edit]

Robinson was drafted in 1990 by the Atlanta Hawks with the 10th pick. He was signed to a four-year deal with the Hawks.[3] 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.

He was one of three Robinsons that the Portland Trail Blazers had in their line-up for the 1995–96 NBA season. The others were Clifford Robinson and James Robinson (both no relation).

Post-playing career, criminal activity and conviction[edit]

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.[4]

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.[5] On January 7, 2011 he was sentenced to 6½ years (78 months[6]) in prison for fraud[2][7] and other crimes.[6] 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.[6]


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