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Collegiate basketball player Robbie Beran commits to Northwestern
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Collegiate basketball player Robbie Beran commits to Northwestern

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Robbie Beran

Beran with Northwestern coach Chris Collins.

Senior Robbie Beran of Collegiate announced Monday that he has committed to the Northwestern basketball team. The 6-foot-8 forward also considered Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and Boston College.

Beran transferred to Collegiate from J.R. Tucker last year and repeated his junior year. When he arrived at Collegiate, he had three scholarship offers. He averaged 14 points in 2017-18, and his recruitment took off during the spring and summer AAU seasons. His offer sheet reached 40 schools.

"It was the right fit for him," Collegiate coach Del Harris said, referring to the school's academics, its team and coach Chris Collins. "He believes in what they are building."

Northwestern is opening a remodeled gymnasium this season, Harris added. He said the team's style of play, with an emphasis on playing positionless basketball, is good for Beran.

When asked what position he'll play, Beran said he's not a point guard, and he's not a center, and he wants to do everything in between.

Northwestern went 15-17 last year and was eliminated by Penn State in the Big Ten tournament.

Beran is the second player to commit to Northwestern in two days. Jared Jones, a center from the Atlanta area, pledged himself to Northwestern on Sunday. There are no Virginia players on the Northwestern roster, and no local player has committed there in recent history.

Also, Gibson Jimerson, a former St. Christopher's basketball player, has committed to Saint Louis. Jimerson transferred to Montverde Academy during the summer.

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Eric Kolenich writes about higher education for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He joined the newspaper in 2009 and spent a decade as a reporter in the Sports section. (804) 649-6109

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