Name: Danielle Robinson
Position: Point Guard
School Bio: Danielle Robinson
A four-year starter at Oklahoma, point guard Danielle Robinsonís game has improved tremendously as a floor leader. Her scoring average has increased from 12.9 ppg as a sophomore to 18.4 ppg this season. A Wade Trophy finalist as a junior, Robinson shoots a very high percentage for a guard, hitting on 46.9 percent from the field and 85.7 percent from the FT line. Her weaknesses: a high turnover rate and a lack of range. Robinson averages 3.8 turnovers per game and has made just seven three-point shots for her career.
Highly-touted, athletic 5-8 guard who is most effective scoring inside the 3-point line and is a good defender.
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I think the thing that separates Robinson is her will to win. She's an intense competitor. I always get the feeling she would play every second if she could. She recently became OU's all-time leader in minutes played and still has many more games to build on that record. Apart from her competitive skills is her quickness, but it's not just quickness, it's quickness with the basketball, something that really makes her difficult to defend.
Robinson initially was mostly a pass-first point guard but has really developed her jump shot to the point where it's become a real weapon for OU. She still doesn't shoot many 3-pointers, but her mid-range jumper from 14 to 17 feet has become very reliable. It's been impressive to see her work on that aspect of her game and improve it to the point it's become a strength. Combined with her ability to drive, it's a very tough shot to stop.
She's really a tremendous leader for Oklahoma. As a freshman, she split the point guard duties, but took over that role by herself as a sophomore and has been like a veteran in that respect ever since. She demands much from herself, and that holds true for demanding much from her teammates as well. I think that's what makes her such a good leader.
I think she'll be quite an asset to a WNBA team. She's fast and likes to push the ball up the court, and would fit real well with a team that has good perimeter shooting. Her ability to drive and kick it out to shooters is tough to stop, and as I mentioned earlier, if you play off of her too much, she'll pull up and drain the jump shot.
Her desire to improve and to test herself against the best has always impressed me, and I see that continuing for her at the professional level.
I don't really watch too much WNBA, so an informed comparison on a current pro player would be difficult. I realize I'm a little biased, but I truly think she's the best point guard in the nation. A coach I know once said a point guard's only important stat is wins and losses, and she's been very good at that. Two Final Fours prove it.
- FAN ZONE