Nashville, Tenn. - The CollegeInsider.com has selected Tennessee State University men's basketball player Robert Covington to their Mid-Major Freshman All-America Team.
Rather than assembling first, second, third and fourth team squads, the collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Freshmen All-America team is one team consisting of 20 players.
Division I coaches and NBA scouts are part of the selection process, but final decision rests with the CollegeInsider.com staff.
Covington, a 6-8 forward from Bellwood, Ill., finished the 2009-10 season as the Tigers' second leading scorer (10.9 ppg) and top rebounder (6.3 rpg).
He was named to the Ohio Valley Conference All-Newcomer Team at the end of the season and was named OVC Freshman of the Week twice during year.
He turned in two double-double performances with his best production coming against Southeast Missouri State (2/25). He notched career highs with 27 points and 16 rebounds to help TSU secure a spot in the 2010 OVC Tournament.
On the year, he scored double figures in 16 of 32 games played and was named FOXSports.com mid-major stud of the night for his performance in the Tigers, 109-102, conference win over Tennessee Tech (2/15).
In that game, Covington was held scoreless in the first half but scored five points in the closing minutes of regulation before posting 19 points in extra play.
A career night, Covington managed his first collegiate double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds to go with two blocks.
Covington joins fellow OVC All-Newcomer team member, Murray State's Isaiah Canaan, and cross-town rival, Belmont's Ian Clark, on the collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Freshman All-America squad.