By Bob Socci
Originally published in 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship program.
Several years ago, as a guest of an Annapolis, Md. radio show, former Navy basketball coach Paul Evans cracked a smile and recalled the night he paid a recruiting visit to the Northern Virginia home of Ambrose and Freda Robinson.
The Robinsons’ oldest child, David, was a teenager with an ear for Beethoven and an insatiable intellectual curiosity. His talents in math and science far exceeded any of the athletic skills yet to emerge during his brief high school career. He was mainly interested in becoming an engineer.
“What David was most excited about,” Evans chuckled at the memory of their meeting, “was showing me the television set he built.”
“I was a bit of an egghead as a kid,” Robinson joked, laughing as Evans’s line was recently repeated to him. “It was a big project. My dad…
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