Former Flyer aims to ‘rewrite the script’ in TBT with Red Scare

Jalen Robinson joins roster, apologizes for a second time for his actions in 2014

Credit: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Credit: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

The Red Scare added former Dayton Flyers forward Jalen Robinson, a member of the 2014 Elite Eight team, and former Ohio State Buckeyes center Trevor Thompson to its roster for The Basketball Tournament on Thursday.

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“Jalen is ready to rewrite the script this summer,” the Red Scare wrote on its official Twitter account. “He brings size and versatility to our team.”

Robinson scored 373 points in two-plus seasons at Dayton. He was dismissed from the University of Dayton and the team early in his junior season in December 2014 for his involvement, along with teammate Devon Scott, in on-campus burglaries. In 2016, Robinson publicly apologized for his actions, and he did so again in a video shared by the Red Scare on Twitter.

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“I’m very excited to announce I’ll be playing in this year’s TBT tournament for the Red Scare,” Robinson said. “I want to take time out to apologize to the city of Dayton and to the University of Dayton as well for my mishaps off the court, for making bad decisions. I was an immature young kid, and my head wasn’t on straight and not really thinking. I love the city of Dayton, and I love the university and I enjoyed my time there. I’m really looking forward to representing the University of Dayton the right way. Go Flyers.”

The Basketball Tournament starts July 4 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. The Red Scare were seeded eighth out of 24 teams and received a first-round bye. They will play their first game July 8.

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Robinson, a graduate of Northland High School in Columbus, watched the Red Scare play last season at Capital University.

Robinson and Thompson will replace Kendall Pollard and Dyshawn Pierre, who both withdrew from the tournament. The team also includes former Flyers Rob Lowery, Devin Oliver, Kyle Davis, Darrell Davis, Trey Landers and Ryan Mikesell as well as former Louisville guard Ryan McMahon and former Virginia Commonwealth forward Justin Tillman.

Robinson finished his college basketball career in 2016 at Dalton State Community College in Georgia and has since played overseas, most recently in Japan. He averaged 22.8 points and 11.5 rebounds last season for the Saitama Broncos.

The 7-0 Thompson played two seasons at Ohio State (2015-17) and averaged 8.5 points. He has since played in France, Belgium and Lithuania.

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