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Robert Covington

  • Full Name: Robert Covington
  • Position: Small Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-8 / 209
  • Birthdate: December 14, 1990
  • College: Tennessee State

-- Length (7-2 wingspan)
-- Stat sheet stuffer
-- Good rebounder
-- Good perimeter shooter

-- Has to get bigger and stronger
-- Could be a tweener

NBA projection 
Covington, who has been projected by some draft analysts as a second-round pick, gave NBA teams something to think about with his play in the Portsmouth Invitational, where he averaged 17 points and nine rebounds and earned a spot on the all-tournament team. His wingspan was also measured at 7-2, but his height without shoes, 6-6 and a quarter, means that he will have to find a home at small forward.

2012-13 Season
Despite missing 10 games with a knee injury, Covington was a second-team All-OVC pick after leading Tennessee State in scoring, steals and blocked shots and finishing second in rebounding. He earned OVC Player of the Week honors twice and helped lead the Tigers to the Tournament.

Key statistics
17.0 ppg | 8.0 rpg | 1.3 apg | 2.4 tpg | 2.2 spg | 1.7 bpg | 30.9 mpg | .435 FG | .388 3PT | .850 FT

Cool statistic
Covington had season highs of 31 points (Lemoyne-Owen), 16 rebounds (Eastern Kentucky) and five blocked shots (Belmont).

Reminds me of...
Danny Granger

What Insiders Say
Tennessee State coach Travis Williams
“We told Rob the main thing is there’s going to be some eyes on him and a target on him[in 2012-13], but he’s also going to have the opportunity if he takes care of business to play after this. … He’s a matchup nightmare at the four. He’s that versatile, inside and outside.”

What Outsiders Say
Miami (Ohio) coach John Cooper
"You can't teach size, you can't teach length and you can't teach the natural ability to shoot the ball the way he shoots it. Those are things that make him different."

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch