BEAUMONT, Tex. — Coming off a big year in 2016-17, the Lamar Cardinals have even higher hopes for the upcoming 2017-18 campaign.
The Cardinals finished the year with a 19-15 record overall, and participated in the 2017 CollegeInsider.com Tournament following a fifth-place finish in the Southland standings.
Following the season, it was announced that sophomore forwards Dorian Chatman and Terrance Hubby were transferring from the program. Hubby has since committed to York College, while Chatman is still exploring his options.
With a strong nucleus returning next season, with James Harrison becoming eligible and joining the likes of Colton Weisbrod, Nick Garth and Joey Frenchwood on the roster, the future is still bright down in Beaumont.
On Friday afternoon, the Cardinals added some more depth to their roster by way of the transfer market. Graduate transfer Da’Shawn Robinson has committed to play for the Cardinals during his final year of collegiate eligibility after spending two years in the Conference USA with the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.
Robinson took to his Twitter account to announce his decision.
Before coming to Louisiana Tech, Robinson had a strong sophomore season at Navarro College, where he averaged 12.2 points and 3.1 rebounds per contest. He put up five 20+ point games in junior college, and shot 44.1% from three point range.
Last year with the Bulldogs, Robinson battled injuries all season long. He appeared in just three games, all of which were in non-conference play. Robinson scored his lone field goal of the year against the Southeastern Louisiana Lions on December 3rd.
As a junior in 2015-16, Robinson appeared in 15 games, making two starts. In his Bulldogs’ debut, he recorded six points, three rebounds, and two steals. He would record a career-best eight points in his first start just four days later against the UT-Arlington Mavericks.
In Robinson, the Cardinals get a scoring guard who will add some size to the back court. The Houston native stands at 6’4” and 210 pounds. While his track record of injuries will be a concern, he will undoubtedly provide some added scoring punch and depth to the back court rotation.
Robinson is immediately eligible to play in the 2017-18 season.
– T. Bennett