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Fresno State’s Orlando Robinson is seeking to become the 32nd Bulldog to play in the NBA.

By: Stephen Trembley / Director of Strategic Communications

Posted: June 30, 2022

Former Fresno State forward Orlando Robinson has signed with the Miami Heat and is expected to play in the NBA 2K23 NBA Summer League 2022 in Las Vegas in July.

Robinson is seeking to become the 32nd Bulldog to go on and play in the NBA.

Before the Summer League games in Vegas, Robinson could make his debut with the Heat in San Francisco with Miami playing in the fourth-annual California Classic at the Chase Center on July 2-3 against the Los Angeles Lakers (July 2 at 2 p.m. PT) and Sacramento Kings (July 3 at 2 p.m. PT).

  • Orlando Robinson is one of two players in NCAA history with at least 700 points, 300 rebounds and 100 assists in a season.  During the 2021-22 season, Robinson had 700 points, 301 rebounds and 103 assists.  Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky had 732 points, 320 rebounds and 103 assists in 2014-15.
  • As a junior this past season, Robinson averaged 19.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs, who went 23-13 overall while winning The Basketball Classic, presented by ERACISM and the 2021 Venue Twin Southern California Challenge.  Robinson was named the MVP for both tournaments.
  • Robinson finished sixth nationally in the 2022 kenpom.com Player of the Year Standings (1.341 kPOY rating) with the second-most game MVPs (21), per kenpom.com.
  • Robinson earned 2021-22 Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America honors and was a 2021-22 Lefty Driesell Award finalist, which is presented annually to the top defensive player in Division I basketball.
  • Robinson was on two midseason National Player of the Year Watch Lists.
  • Robinson also earned first-team All-Mountain West and NABC All-District honors in 2022.
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