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UNC Basketball: Brandon Robinson returns to Chapel Hill as a graduate assistant

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The 2017 national champion becomes the program’s first-ever graduate assistant.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: MAR 09 ACC Tournament - North Carolina v Miami Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Hubert Davis wasn’t kidding when he said his staff was going to be filled by members of the Carolina Family.

In an interview with Art Chansky on 97.9 WCHL, one of the very last things that Hubert Davis said when asked about the staff returning to Chapel Hill was that Brandon Robinson (UNC Class of 2020) was going to be the first-ever graduate assistant on the men’s basketball team.

Fans will remember that during Hubert Davis’s introductory press conference, the new head coach said that his staff would be made up of Carolina family members from each era of the program (Dean Smith, Bill Guthridge, Matt Doherty, and Roy Williams). He wanted a staff that was connected to each branch of the family tree in order to give the current and future teams the “full menu” of the Carolina Family experience.

Coach Davis’s quote about UNC staff needing to come from the Carolina Family appears to be a requirement, not an aspiration:

“You can’t do this job unless you’re a Carolina guy. It’s impossible. You can’t coach here, you can’t recruit here, you can’t work here, unless you have been here, you’ve experienced it, you have lived it.”

Fans may remember Brandon Robinson as a bit player off the bench during his first three years, including his freshman season on the 2017 national championship team. Robinson averaged less than 12 mpg / 4 ppg in his first three years at Carolina before exploding for 30.2 mpg and 11.8 ppg during his senior season. Robinson will surely be called on to help current players emulate his senior season shooting production, when the two-guard shot a healthy 36.9 3FG% and 82.6% from the free-throw line.