NASHVILLE --- Former Tennessee State men’s basketball star Robert Covington is set to begin his fourth season of professional basketball and third with the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers. Covington and the Sixers will play their season opener tomorrow night with a home game versus Oklahoma City at 7 p.m. CST.
Covington, who graduated from TSU in 2013, finished as the Sixers second leading scorer in 2015-16 with 12.8 points per game. In his first three NBA seasons, the 6’9 forward has scored 12.6 points per game to go with 5.1 rebounds per contest.
A product of Proviso West High School in Illinois, Covington starred for TSU from 2009-13, capping his career seventh on the school’s all-time list for scoring (1,750 points) and rebounding (876 rebounds). During his time with the Tigers, Covington earned All-Ohio Valley Conference honors three times, including First Team All-Conference as a junior in 2011-12.
Covington is one of five former Ohio Valley Conference players currently in the NBA. The others are Isaiah Canaan (Murray State – Chicago Bulls), Kenneth Faried (Morehead State – Denver Nuggets), Cameron Payne (Murray State – Oklahoma City Thunder) and Ian Clarke (Belmont – Golden State Warriors).