Robert Covington was born in Bellwood, Illinois in 1990. Covington's parents, Dennis and Teresa, knew their son had basketball talent in his early days. The rest of the world came to find that out later, when Convington starred at Proviso West High School in Chicago. As a senior, Covington averaged 18.1 points, 11.0 rebounds and 7.0 blocks per game, leading his team to the West Suburban Title. Covington's numbers were good enough to earn him the title of West Suburban Conference Player of the Year as well as a scholarship to Tennessee State University. Covington spent four years at Tennessee State, majoring in human performance and sports science while putting his name all over the school record books. You can follow Covington on Twitter @Holla_At_Rob and Instagram @Atf_33. Covington was named to All-Ohio Valley Conference teams for the final three of his four seasons at Tennessee State. He garnered All-OVC second team honors in 2012-13, his senior year. The Bellwood, Illinois native led Tennessee State in scoring 10 times over 23 games (21 starts) in his senior year, finishing with team-leading averages in points (17.0), steals (2.2) and blocks (1.7). He rounded out his stat line with 8.0 rebounds per game, tying for the team lead in that category as well. Covington went undrafted during the 2013 NBA Draft. He was signed by the Houston Rockets after the draft.