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Bears add Chase Robinson to roster

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Coach Kelly Wells and his talented coaching staff wasted no time in adding a player to the men’s basketball roster at the University of Pikeville.

The staff has announced the signing of Chase Robinson to a scholarship agreement.

Robinson is a 6-3 junior guard from Huntsville, Ala., and will be eligible to play once he is cleared by the NAIA clearinghouse called PlayNAIA. This means he could be available when the team returns to action on Thursday, Dec. 29 against Emmanuel, Ga., College in the Webber International Classic at Babson Park, Fla.

“He’ll add a veteran point/slash shooting guard to our roster,” said Wells, whose team entered the Christmas break at 8-4 after a 95-66 win over NAIA Div. II No. 24 Indiana-Southeast on Thursday night. “He will be the right fit for our system and for our program, which is something we have put a lot of emphasis on. And he has two years remaining for us. We like what we have in Chase.”

Robinson played two seasons at Duquesne, a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference. He played in 22 games for the Dukes, scoring a career high five points against High Point on Nov. 14, 2008. He sat out last season at Kennesaw State University.

Robinson averaged 23.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game as a senior at Lee High School in Huntsville, and was named first-team all-state in Class 5A, and was a finalist for Mr. Basketball in Alabama as presented by the Alabama Sports Writers Association. He had a career-high 40 points that season against Leeds High School.

As a junior, he averaged 19.5 points, 10 rebounds and four assists and was named Co-MVP of the Huntsville Times Classic. He was named first-team at the 2008 adidas Superstar Summer Camp.

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