CHARLOTTE, N.C. — This is an emotional time for Virginia Tech point guard Justin Robinson.

The senior standout spoke to the media Wednesday for the first time since injuring his left foot in a Jan. 30 win at Miami.

Robinson, who will not be playing in the ACC Tournament, has yet to be medically cleared to return to game action.

How worried is he that he might not get cleared for the NCAA Tournament and that he might have played his last game for the Hokies?

"It's emotional, but … there's not much I can really do," he said. "I can't tell a doctor or trainer, 'Hey, I'm going to play right now no matter what you say.’

"I'm just praying for everything to go well. We've got a little hashtag, #FreeJRob … going on. The campaign's going well."

Robinson has missed the past 11 games.

"It's been emotional. It's been tough. There's been some dark times, some rough times," he said. "I go to my support system and talk every day. I've called my parents a multiple amount of times and talked for hours. My siblings. My high school teammates, my high school coaches."

Robinson, who met with a doctor last Friday before Tech's senior night game, will meet with the doctors again on Sunday. Tech coach Buzz Williams said Monday he did not know whether Robinson will play in the NCAA Tournament.

Robinson said he prays every night about getting to play in the NCAAs.

"I feel good about the process that's going on," he said. "I just hope everything comes true.

"If I do, I'll be very happy. If I don't, I've just got to do whatever I can for my team to make a run.

"I'm just trusting the doctors and the process. … I don't know exactly what anybody's [medically] looking for. But I just think for my life and my career, I think it's better that I get back to 100 percent before I come back."

Robinson, the school's career assists leader, made a ceremonial start in last Friday's regular-season finale at Cassell Coliseum but left after one second.

"It was amazing to be able to put the jersey on and come out, to my name being called in Cassell one more time," he said. "I was a little emotional walking out for senior night, knowing everything I've put into the program.

"I knew I wasn't going to play that night, so when I was walking out it was kind of sad. I wanted to cry deep-down inside."

The officials stopped the clock after the opening tip, enabling Robinson to leave the court.

"It's a rule that if the player hits the ball before the ball goes up in the air, you have to blow the whistle," Robinson said. "When [Kerry Blackshear] hit it out of [the referee's] hand, he knew the rules."

Tech has never revealed the exact nature of his foot injury. When asked if he had broken his foot, Robinson said he could not answer that question.

The Hokies are 7-4 since Robinson has been sidelined.

"The games that we let slip away, I would've been able to reel them in and have us win," he said.

Robinson made the All-ACC second team last year. The injury kept him from earning All-ACC honors this year.

"These conference selections, it kind of hurts because it's always a dream to be a first-team [pick] in a conference," he said. "I could've accomplished that."

He also noted that the injury cost him a shot at the Bob Cousy point guard of the year award. He was named one of 10 finalists in early February, but he was then removed from the list because of his injury.

Buzz mentioned for A&M job

Billy Kennedy, who guided Texas A&M in a Southeastern Conference tournament game Wednesday night, has been on the hot seat this season. The Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday night that Kennedy will not be retained and that Tech's Buzz Williams is expected to be A&M's top target.

Williams, a Texas native, was once an A&M assistant.

"I've never commented on jobs," Williams said Wednesday. "I don't think that's appropriate by our kids.

"I can't control what people say. I've got to make sure I'm doing my best with these guys [the players]."

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Mark Berman covers Virginia Tech men’s basketball and many other teams at the university. He also helps cover other colleges, including Radford, VMI, Roanoke, Washington and Lee and Ferrum.

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