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Davis Inks Second Signee

April 30, 2002 · MT Media Relations
Head basketball coach Kermit Davis continued to score points on the recruiting trail this week with the announcement that 6-3 wing Marcus Robinson has inked with the Blue Raiders.

Robinson, who can play at the shooting guard or small forward positions, will enter the program as a junior next season after completing his playing career at Grayson County Junior College in Denison, Texas. The move to Murfreesboro will put Robinson closer to his Newnan, Ga., hometown.

"We feel very fortunate to get a guy like Marcus who will graduate on time and be an excellent representative for our University," Davis said. "Marcus is a business major and when he visited Middle Tennessee over the weekend he was very impressed with the business department and the academic environment here. [MT President] Dr. [Sidney] McPhee took the time to visit with Marcus at the baseball game on Saturday and that helped us convince him that this is truly a family environment and the best place for him to continue his academic and athletic pursuits."

Davis continued, "Athletically, Marcus is going to be a tough match for other teams because of his great athleticism. He can shoot outside, but can also take it to the rim and score. We feel very comfortable with all of our returning players and he is going to be a very nice addition to this ball club when we get started next year."

Robinson earned first team all-conference honors in the Northern Texas Conference while at Grayson. He put up 17.1 points per game this season and shot a blistering 42.7 percent from behind the 3-point arc. Robinson also pumped in buckets at a 47.2 percent clip from the floor.

Robinson netted 20 or more points on nine occasions during the season while ringing up a season-best 32 against Weatherford College.

Robinson's junior college coach Jeff Walker, who coached former Blue Raider Dee Wilkes at Hiwassee Junior College, believes that Middle Tennessee got an outstanding player in Robinson.

"Middle Tennessee got a steal with Marcus Robinson. He is a big-time athlete who can score in many different ways. Everybody always looks at his 3-point percentage, but he can take the ball to the rim and score because he is a good enough leaper that he just elevates over the defense," Walker commented.

Robinson joins point guard Keith Connor as the first two signees in the Davis Era at Middle Tennessee. Connor was also a first team player in the Northern Texas league with Robinson. Marshall County product Kyle Young signed during the early period, giving the Blue Raiders three signees for the 2002-03 season.

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