Robinson’s crusade: Coach Topex says journey to PBA sometimes take long route

/ 05:22 AM December 16, 2018

Photo by Tristan Tamayo/

Topex Robinson had a little message for PBA Draft applicants during the draft combine on Thursday.

Don’t lose faith. Sometimes, the road to one’s dreams is longer than expected.


Robinson had the opportunity to mentor some of this year’s PBA hopefuls and took the time to share his story.

“I was telling them that whatever the result of this draft is, it should not be the end of your story as a basketball player,” he told the Inquirer.


“It’s gonna be hard, realistically it’s hard,” he told the applicants. “But the question is yours to answer: How much do you want this dream to become a reality? It’s all gonna depend on you.”

Robinson should know what he speaks of. He was part of the 2001 PBA draft that featured the likes of Mark Caguioa, Willie Miller and Roger Yap. Playing out of San Sebastian, he was picked in the fifth round.

“I was drafted 44th (overall), I was not even signed,” he said.  “I went on to float for two years before I was given a chance.”

Robinson eventually made the pros, making stops at Red Bull, Purefoods, and Alaska—he won two titles and earned an inclusion to the All-Defensive team along the way.

Robinson currently is the head coach of Lyceum in the NCAA.

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