Move will reunite Stratford native with former coach
A four-year veteran from the UPEI Panthers basketball team is going to Holland College for his final year of eligibility.
Aaron Robbins, a six-foot-seven forward, was announced Thursday as the Hurricanes’ newest recruit.
“Holland College athletics has been very supportive of their basketball program and they seem to be successful because of that,” said the Stratford native. “I wanted to come to Holland College to further my education and join a successful basketball program.”
Robbins will graduate Saturday from UPEI and will be enrolling in the industrial electrical technology program at Holland College.
Hurricanes coach Josh Whitty said he was thrilled to have Robbins join the team.
“He’s an excellent addition to our program and will be a major impact next season,” he said. “He brings a great skill set to our team. He’s an excellent shot blocker, rebounds and runs the floor well. He’s going to be a great player for us and fits in well with the players we have coming back.”
The Hurricanes won the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) championship this year and finished 1-2 at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) tournament.
In 20 games last season with the Panthers, Robbins averaged 4.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 50 per cent from the field.
Coach Whitty has coached Robbins in junior high, on provincial teams and in high school.
“Having that familiarity will certainly make it a smooth transition. I’m looking forward to coaching him again next season,” Whitty said.
Prior to joining the Panthers, Robbins led the powerhouse Charlottetown Rural Raiders to three straight provincial championships. He is hoping to end his post-secondary career with another championship.