In any event, next season Robinson won't surprise anybody. His postseason performance sent everyone scurrying for adjectives, CBS-TV commentator Doug Collins going so far as to call him "a Bill Russell who can score." Robinson is a gifted all-around athlete who three years ago completed a five-station gymnastics test required of all plebes faster than anyone except the recruited gymnasts. He can even walk on his hands—unfortunately for Navy, he would have had to be able to walk on water to beat Duke—and he's still developing his game, having gotten serious about basketball only four years ago. All that and he looks great in dress whites.
When Sunday's game ended, there were the Duke players rejoicing, cutting down the nets. And there was Robinson with his mates, standing at attention, shoulders square, heads up, eyes forward, as the Middie band played Navy Blue and Gold. Duke may be America's best, but for a couple of weeks, Navy was America's Team.