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Robinson named to Olson Watch List

Fresno State’s Orlando Robinson is one of 30 players named to the Mid-Season Watch List for the 2021-22 Lute Olson National Player of the Year award.

BOSTON, Mass. – Fresno State's Orlando Robinson has been named to the Mid-Season Watch List for the 2021-22 Lute Olson National Player of the Year award, College Insider announced on Wednesday.

Through the first two months of the 2021-22 season, Robinson has produced at an elite level (19.5 PPG/8.3 RPG) while helping lead the Bulldogs to an 11-4 record and a Top 60 national ranking in the NCAA's NET evaluation tool.

The award, which is presented annually to the top player in Division I college basketball, is named in honor of Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson, who won 776 games in 34 seasons, 24 of which were spent at Arizona, and was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002.

Robinson is one of 30 players nationally to earn a spot on the watch list.

Robinson has never been shy about his ambitions and goals – backing up his aspirations with hard work in the weight room and basketball floor.

SPOTLIGHT: Orlando Robinson

Through the first 15 games of 2021-22, Fresno State's Orlando Robinson is averaging 19.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 steals per game, while shooting 51.9 percent from the field.

Through games played on Jan. 11, Robinson was ranked fourth in KenPom's 2022 Player of the Year Standings with a 1.372 kPOY rating.

With 1,008 career points, Robinson is one of 34 players to score at least 1,000 points for Fresno State.

Robinson has scored at least 15 points in 15 of his last 16 games.

Robinson has scored double figures in 23 of his last 24 games.

Robinson is seeking to become the third Bulldog to earn postseason All-Mountain West first-team honors (Marvelle Harris – 2015 & 2016, Deshon Taylor – 2018 & 2019). Harris also earned 2016 MW Player of the Year and Associated Press All-American honors.

2021-22 LUTE OLSON AWARD MID-SEASON WATCH LIST (National Player of the Year)

James Akinjo, 6-1, Sr., Baylor

Keve Aluma, 6-9, Sr., Virginia Tech

Armando Bacot, 6-10, Jr., North Carolina

Paolo Banchero, 6-10, Fr., Duke

Alex Barcello, 6-2, Sr., BYU

Christian Braun, 6-7, Jr., Kansas

Julian Champagnie, 6-8, Jr., St. John's

Kofi Cockburn, 7-0, Jr., Illinois

Johnny Davis, 6-5, So., Wisconsin

Tari Eason, 6-8, So., LSU

Zach Edey, 7-4, So., Purdue

Collin Gillespie, 6-3, Sr., Villanova

Chet Holmgren, 7-0, Fr., Gonzaga

Jaden Ivey, 6-4, So., Purdue

Trayce Jackson-Davis, 6-9, Jr., Indiana

Johnny Juzang, 6-7, Jr., UCLA

Christian Koloko, 7-1, So., Arizona

Hyunjung Lee, 6-7, Jr., Davidson

E.J. Liddell, 6-7, Jr., Ohio State

Kenneth Lofton Jr., 6-7, Fr., Louisiana Tech

Isaiah Mobley, 6-10, Jr., USC

Wendell Moore, 6-5, Jr., Duke

Keegan Murray, 6-8, So., Iowa

Jahvon Quinerly, 6-1, Jr., Alabama

Orlando Robinson, 7-0, Jr., Fresno State

David Roddy, 6-6, Jr., Colorado State

Jabari Smith, 6-10, Fr., Auburn

Drew Timme, 6-10, Jr., Gonzaga

Oscar Tshiebwe, 6-9, Jr., Kentucky

Alondes Williams, 6-5, Sr., Wake Forest