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Danielle Robinson





Robinson carries a 3.49 GPA in sociology and is on pace to graduate with honors in May 2011. A two-time member of the Academic All-Big 12 Women’s Basketball Team and CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District first team, Robinson has been honored at the University of Oklahoma with the Jay Myers Award for Outstanding Freshman Student-Athlete and the Dan Gibbens Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award as a sophomore and junior. She has also been listed on the Big 12 Commissioner’s honor roll every semester of her collegiate career. After she’s done playing, Robinson plans to become a coach and help infuse the values and character she has learned through sports to the next generation of young women.


Voted a captain by her teammates, Robinson leads the Sooners off the court as much as she does on it. Already a regular at Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) meetings and Lifestream, a student-organized fellowship that meets weekly, Robinson has also served a key role in developing the OU athlete community to bring together the university’s student-athletes for worship and to discuss scriptural teaching. Robinson has also successfully monitored and battled the effects of sickle cell trait, which occasionally limits her stamina in workouts, to develop into one of the top college women’s basketball players.


Robinson has been a fixture in the local community, serving this year with her teammates at East Main Place, a non-profit transitional housing program for homeless and other struggling in the Norman, Okla., community. Robinson also has an adopted elementary school class where she serves as a role model and reads at least once a week. She has also driven for Meals on Wheels, cheered for runners in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, hosted Special Spectators at sporting events, visited patients at OU Children’s Hospital and served as a mentor at the Mary Abbott Children’s House, a child-abuse response center. In addition to the participation with team community service initiatives, Robinson was an integral part of a local church group who visited earthquake-ravaged Haiti as part of Mission of Hope. Robinson plans to return to Haiti again following the basketball season.


Last year Robinson was a member of the 2010 State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team. Robinson has also been a candidate and finalist on multiple occasions for the sports’ premier individual awards, including the Wade Trophy, Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy and Nancy Lieberman Award. The Associated Press voted her to its All-America third team in 2010 and as an honorable mention in 2009. The Big 12 coaches have recognized her ability as Robinson was named the league’s freshman of the year in 2008, a unanimous decision for the All-Big 12 first team the past season and member of the Big 12’s all-defensive team in every year of her career. Robinson’s ability has served her country as well, having won a gold medal at the 2009 World University Games as the point guard for Team USA. Robinson averaged 16.8 points and 5.3 assists per game and she set the conference record for best single-game free-throw shooting with a 16 for 16 performance and holds school records for consecutive free throws made (35) and most double-digit assist games (six).