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11-year-old writes letters to NBA teams to tout Monmouth player

To say 11-year-old Erica Schaeffer is doing her part to raise the profile of Monmouth point guard Justin Robinson among NBA teams would be a drastic understatement.

Schaeffer, of New Jersey, became a huge fan of Robinson’s play and fan-friendly demeanor while attending Monmouth games over the past year. And she wanted to make sure NBA teams were aware of many qualities possessed by the Hawks senior.

And she did just that by writing a letter to all 30 NBA teams to sing Robinson’s praises.

Here’s an excerpt from a letter she wrote to Detroit Pistons general manager Jeff Bower (via SB Nation).

Dear Mr. Bower,

My name is Erica Schaeffer. I am an 11-year-old basketball fan from Point Pleasant, NJ. The reason that I am writing is to tell you about a very special college senior that could make a huge difference for the Pistons next year.

His name is Justin Robinson and is his a guard for the Monmouth University Hawks. Justin recently became the all-time leading Division 1 scorer for the Hawks. He is also the reigning MAAC player of the year. I wouldn’t be surprised if he repeats this year too! Justin has broken almost every offensive record at Monmouth University, including games started. Anyone that has ever had the chance to see Justin play immediately notices the command he has on the court. His is a once in a lifetime talent that possesses the heart and soul of a warrior.

Erica even received a response from Bower.

Erica has also received responses from Houston Rockets general manager Darryl Morey and the Atlanta Hawks organization.

Realizing the importance of personalizing the letters for each team, here is how Erica closed two pieces of correspondence.

On the Knicks’ letter there was “PS: He’s from Kingston, N.Y.’” And to the 76ers she added “PS: The Sixers are my father’s favorite team, and I know we’ll get season tickets if he comes there. #theprocess.’”

Fantastic. While Robinson isn’t near a lock to land in the NBA, with Erica on his side, there’s no telling how far he can go.