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HBCU Hoops Heroes: Tennessee State’s Leonard "Truck" Robinson

Truck Robinson was one of the best rebounders in the NBA during the late 70s/early 80s. (TSU photo)

Besides having one of the great names in basketball history, Leonard “Truck” Robinson was also a one of the best big men that HBCU basketball has produced. Robinson played on some very good Tennessee State teams in the early-to-mid 70s. During Robinson’s time in Nashville, TSU went 94-19 with four-straight 20-plus win seasons. The 6’7 power forward played a big role on those teams, averaging over 25 points and 17 rebounds in his final two seasons.

// Robinson was picked by the Washington Bullets in the second round of the 1974 NBA Draft, but his pro career really took off when he landed in New Orleans with the Jazz. Robinson’s best season was 1978, when he averaged 22 points and 17 rebounds per game, making the first of two All-Star appearances. Robinson would finish his career with the New York Knicks in 1985, ending up with career averages of 15 points and 9 rebounds per game.

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