POUGHKEEPSIE – March’s Athlete of the Month was nominated because of the impact he had on the Poughkeepsie High School Pioneers varsity boys basketball team on its journey to this year’s Section I Class A championship.
“Daevon Robinson had a remarkable change this season. I needed someone else to step up in key moments and he stepped up defensively,” coach Cody Moffett said. “He is a high-character kid … I saw he had growth in his mentality and confidence which helped his play.”
Robinson has attended PHS all four years and played basketball during that time, though it isn’t his only sport – he also plays football.
The championship “meant a lot because we’ve all been waiting for it. To put the work in and get what we wanted to get was a great feeling,” Robinson said.
Moffett observed that Robinson “became a very unselfish player and his unselfish plays led to us winning games.”
A senior, Robinson plans to attend college and major in business with the goal of going into business or sports management. But, his favorite subject at PHS is English. He is facing a choice of four colleges: Morgan State, Iona, St. John’s and University of Hartford. To get there, he said he typically spends between 2 and 2.5 hours on homework each day.
“Before practice I will do my homework before we watch films, then do practice and finish my homework,” he said.
You may have seen Robinson off the field this year working with both the basketball and football teams doing community clean-ups. He had this advice for incoming freshmen: “Stay on top of your work and be a leader, not a follower.”