By SCOTT TYLER

H-P Sports Editor



Despite Buffalo junior Frankie Robinson averaging over 20 points a game in the 2005-06 season, Bison head basketball coach Clayton Harris said Robinson is not a 20-point player.



“Actually he is a 30 to 40 point kid,” Harris said. “But instead of scoring all the points, he gets his team involved and some of the guys on our team, most of their points where because of Frankie.”



Robinson was a threat whenever he had the ball, whether it was from him scoring or the ability to get his teammates an open shot.



The Buffalo junior averaged 22 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists a game this year and for his offensive accomplishments, Robinson has been named the Dogwood Circle Offensive Player of the Year.

“Frankie is blossoming as an offensive player because he has such an understanding for the game,” Harris said. “He is faster than lightning, crashes the offensive and defensive boards and shares the ball.



“He is the kind of kid every coach wants to have.”



Robinson, who was named the District 22-2A Offensive Player of the Year, was a 68 percent shooter from the floor and shot 78 percent from the free-throw line.



“I am quick with the ball and I like to take people off the dribble and I love to dunk,” Robinson said with a smile.

The 6-foot-3 Robinson made the transition to the point guard this year to better utilize his ball handling skills.

“Frankie is a huge transition guard,” Harris said. “On a make or miss he can push the ball up the court and when he took over as point guard, our turnovers went down.

“He also sees the floor real well which makes him a scoring threat and he can find guys open to score.”

Robinson said he liked the move to his new position.

“That is the position I live to play,” Robinson said. “It is the position that I played in Little Dribblers.”

In Buffalo’s final game of the season, the Bison were missing three regulars and Robinson showed what he could do when he just tried to score as he finished with 34 points. However, for Robinson, it is not about how many points he scores, but what the team does.

“I want to make the playoffs,” Robinson said. “That is more important to me than scoring.”

Robinson will look to assume a leadership role next year as a senior.

“I am ready to take on a role of a leader in helping us try to make the playoffs,” Robinson said.

Harris knows his guard will be able to become the leader Buffalo needs.

“He is helping these younger kids both on and off the court,” Harris said.

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Scott Tyler may be contacted via e-mail at styler@palestineherald.com

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