Sep 5, 2012, 9:38 AM EDT
Craig Robinson, head coach of the Oregon State Beavers and brother of First Lady Michelle Obama, used his speaking slot at Tuesday’s Democratic National Convention in part to make a recruiting pitch on the national stage.
Standing alongside President Obama’s sister, Maya Soetoro-ng, he introduced himself to the crowd in Charlotte, N.C.
“I’m Craig Robinson, Michelle Obama’s big brother, father of four and head coach of Oregon State University’s men’s basketball team,” he said, pausing for a cheer from the crowd. “Any seven-footers out there, gimme a call!”
He went on to speak glowingly of his sister, Michelle, talking about her commitment to helping military families during her close to four years as First Lady.
“She’s still the kind little sister she always was—now she’s just sticking up for those who stand up for us,” he said. “And I’m proud of her work to give our children a healthier start in life. Let’s face it, Maya, I’m going to need the recruits!”
The line was met with laughter from the crowd.
Robinson’s Beavers finished 21-15 overall last season, including 7-11 in the Pac-12. Their biggest obstacle in 2012-13 will be replacing leading scorer Jared Cunningham, who entered the NBA draft and was selected 24th overall by the Dallas Mavericks.
Oregon State welcomes five newcomers from the Class of 2012, led by Georgia forward Jarmal Reid. While at the DNC, Robinson picked up another commitment, this coming from 6-9 Dutch forward Olaf Schaftenaar, who is eligible to play at the start of the season.
- Top 25 Countdown: No. 15 Oklahoma Sooners 0
- 2014-2015 Season Preview: Which new coaching hires will succeed? 0
- No longer supplementary pieces, two Texans will lead the way at Weber State 0
- 2014-2015 Season Preview: Weber State won’t lack for challengers in Big Sky 0
- Led by senior forward Alan Williams, UCSB capable of earning first NCAA tournament bid since 2011 0
- Behind Thompson and Comer, Dunk City looks to take flight once again this March 1
- New Mexico’s Craig Neal cuts hair for ‘Locks of Love’ (VIDEO) 0
- Big Ten writers release media poll, Wisconsin sits atop the league (6)
- Has Maryland found a new starting center? (2)
- First Preseason Top 25 poll is out, Kentucky sits at No. 1 (2)
- Maryland senior forward suffers sprained ankle (2)
- 2014-2015 Northeast Conference Preview: Is it time for Robert Morris to dance again? (1)