In Tennessee State’s season opener, Robert Covington was held to nine points by the defensive buzzsaw known as the Saint Louis Billikens. No one else managed to keep him that far down again.
Covington’s true shooting percentage of 63.4 ranked in the top 50 nationwide, and as far as simple field goal efficiency, he was metronomic in his consistency.
Opponents held Covington below 50 percent shooting in only 12 of his 33 games and below 40 percent only three times. Both are extremely impressive figures for a player who scored approximately a third of his points from beyond the arc.
Covington scored 17 points and eight rebounds on February 9 when TSU ended Murray State’s undefeated run. What would be a very strong game for 98 percent of players qualified as profoundly average by Covington’s standards.
Covington finished in the Ohio Valley Conference’s top five in points, rebounds, steals and blocks. A repeat season could see him become the Tigers’ first NBA draft pick since Carlos Rogers in 1995.
Robert Covington is #33 in the video below.