With the nation watching Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention, President Obama’s brother-in-law, who is the coach of the Oregon State basketball team, used a few of his time on stage to recruit.
Craig Robinson, Michelle Obama’s brother, put it out there that he could use some more players to build his program. Speaking with President Obama’s sister, Maya Soetoro-ng, Robinson introduced himself as “Michelle Obama’s big brother, father of four and head coach of Oregon State University’s men’s basketball team.”
Then he he made his move, albeit jokingly.
“Any seven-footers out there, give me a call,” he said.
Soetoro-ng and Robinson spoke glowingly of their respective siblings, but the Oregon State coach couldn’t resist slipping one last basketball reference in during the final 30 seconds of his speech. In praising the First Lady’s efforts to promote good nutrition in schools, Robinson said, “I’m proud of her work to give our children a healthier start in life. And let’s face it, Maya, I could use the recruits.”
He could use some more wins, too. Although his teams have not reached the NCAA Tournament in his four years, he has lured more talent to the school.
Guard Jared Cunningham became Oregon State’s first NBA draft pick in 14 years last June and guard Roberto Nelson and forward Devon Collier both have pro potential.
The Beavers went winless in the Pac-10 the year before Robinson took over, has been competitive during his stretch. They have not finished above .500 in league play yet.
But his team won 21 games and beat Texas in December, they still underachieved in the Pac-12, finishing a pedestrian 7-11.
It’s surprising Robinson has not landed even more top flight recruits. He’s the brother-in-law of the President of the United States. His sister is the First Lady. Seems he has one of the all-time great recruiting pitches: “Come play for us and you’ll get to meet the First Family.” That’s pretty strong.