A native of Atlanta, Robbie Armbrester began to make a name for himself early as a two-sport standout in both football and basketball. After an injury setback during his freshman season of football, he decided to focus solely on hoops. Armbrester has always brought energy and athleticism to the table, but his recruitment started to heat up as he matured into his 6’5” 215-pound frame. After three productive seasons at Therrell High School (GA), Armbrester decided to transfer to Wasatch Academy (UT) for his senior season. The University of Houston commit has made an immediate impact thanks to his high motor, powerful athleticism, secondary playmaking, and overall versatility.
As part of the Pro Insight Q&A series, Ambrester discusses proving people wrong, what he brings to a team on and off the court, adjusting to Wasatch Academy, his commitment to Houston, various off-court interests, and more.
For the next installment of the Pro Insight Q&A series, we present 2021 prospect Robbie Armbrester, from Atlanta, Georgia:
Pro Insight: Tell us about your background.
Robbie Armbrester: I’m from Atlanta, Georgia. I got four siblings — two brothers and two sisters. I’m the youngest.
PI: Do any of them play sports?
RA: My two brothers played sports, but they don’t play no more.
PI: Did you play any other sports growing up?
RA: Yes, I played football. I played QB, DE — everything really.
PI: When did you decide to focus only on basketball?
RA: It was [after] my last football game in ninth grade. I got hurt and my mom went with me to the hospital and I told her I was just going to stick with basketball.
PI: What was the injury?
RA: It was my ankle...I dropped back trying to roll out and a DE held onto my shoe and broke my ankle.
PI: Describe your game for those that haven’t seen you — what are your greatest strengths?
RA: I’m basically like an energy guy with skills. I can push the ball, make decisions, rebound at a high level...I bring energy. I do stuff people don’t expect me to do...I wipe my face on the ball, I do everything to get my teammates going. I’m an energy guy with skills. I can do anything.
PI: Does being the energizer come naturally to you?
RA: I’ve always been an energy guy — someone with a high motor and all of that, but the skills started coming along [later]. I feel way more comfortable this semester dribbling the ball. Coach trusts me pushing the ball and stuff like that.
PI: What are some areas of improvement?
RA: I definitely have to improve my jump shot and make it more consistent. I can shoot 3s, but I need to improve. Always working on my dribbling every day — I go to the gym late at night to dribble the ball. So I think working on my 3s and dribbling.
PI: What are some underrated aspects of your game?
RA: That I can make decisions. People don’t think I can make decisions, but I can push the ball and get everybody involved. I can make the midrange at a high level, my midrange is like Kawhi Leonard, like no play. I can make the midrange at a high level, I can push the ball, and stuff like that.
PI: What went into your decision to attend Wasatch Academy?
RA: Basically to get better, because people always say, “Robbie you at a 2A at Therrell High School, you’re not getting better. Go out there to a national schedule and show people.” So my mindset this semester is to show people that I can play with the best, that’s it. Just trying to compete with the best and show everybody that I can play with the best.
PI: Why Wasatch Academy, specifically? Were there other schools in consideration?
RA: There were definitely other schools like Hargrave, IMG, stuff like that, but I just chose Wasatch Academy because they treated me like family. Coaches told me straight up what it’s going to be, like nothing is going to be handed to you, you’ve got to work for everything. There’s no favoritism, none of that. I’ve got to earn everything I get, like playing time and everything like that. I like that because it helps me for college — like when I go to Houston nothing is going to be handed to me. I’ll have to go in there and show that I can play with the best and work for it.
PI: What was the adjustment like coming from Atlanta to Mount Pleasant, Utah?
RA: Oh man, it was hard to