Joshua RobinsonBasketball BambergLast week: Robinson, a 6-foot-3 All-Europe senior forward, broke loose for 28 points and 15 rebounds Saturday in a 78-49 conquest of Hohenfels in a game played in Schweinfurt. For good measure, he blocked three shots as the defending European Division III champion Barons improved to 5-1 in their first year under coach Tim Smith.

"He is the full deal!" Smith wrote in an e-mail Tuesday. "He has great skills in basketball, as he is our leading scorer (21.8 points per game), rebounder and shot blocker. Most important, he is our team leader."

As a leader, Robinson is the perfect player to help the Barons make the jump to Division II this season.

"Joshua is extremely coachable and puts the team over individual accomplishments," Smith concluded. "He makes coaching easy and fun and is a big reason Bamberg has been successful so far this year."

Valentina LeeBasketball


Last week: Lee, a 5-foot-6 All-Europe senior guard, scored 32 points in Friday’s 60-24 rout of visiting American Overseas School of Rome and scored 27 in just over two quarters of play on Saturday in a courtesy-rule shortened 47-6 romp as Naples finally saw its first on-court action of the season.

Lee didn’t neglect the other aspects of her game. Friday, she posted eight steals, seven rebounds and four assists; On Saturday, it was seven steals, five rebounds and four assists.

"She was on the team two years ago that won the European Division II championship," Naples coach Craig Lord said by telephone on Saturday night. "She wants to get that back."

Lord added that Lee is pursuing that goal by devoting herself to the game. "Her hard work and leadership really paid off this weekend," he said.

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