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It took longer than he would have liked, but Robisch has finally blossomed into a legitimate major-conference force. (Phil Huber)

Brett Robisch,
Oklahoma St.

Class: Senior  Position: Center

Height: 6'11"   Weight: 255

DOB: April 1, 1975

Hometown: Springfield, Ill.

High School: Calvary Academy

Vital Stats: 15.4 points per game, 8.2 rebounds

by Albert Lin

Fourteen months ago, Brett Robisch's college career was undistinguished, to say the least. In his first 2 1/2 seasons at Illinois, including a redshirt year, Robisch had barely stepped onto the hardwood, totalling just 185 minutes of playing time. Midway through the '95-96 campaign, Robisch began looking for a way out of Champaign. His brother, Scott, had signed with Oklahoma State, and, in a twist, big brother followed little brother's lead, transferring to Stillwater at midseason. But after sitting out another year, Robisch struggled to find his game, averaging 5.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in his first 10 contests for the Cowboys.

That's when things began to improve. Robisch continued to work hard, and over the final 17 games last season, he averaged 12.4 points and 7.5 rebounds—numbers closer to what had been expected from the son of 13-year ABA and NBA veteran Dave Robisch. "He knew it would be a struggle at first and not to expect miracles," Robisch said of his father, who was a three-time All-Big Eight selection at Kansas from 1968-71. "That's the thing that kept me going the most."

Robisch was born in Denver while his father was playing for the then-ABA Denver Nuggets. Growing up in and around locker rooms and arenas, basketball was Robisch's way of life. "Most people know about me because people watched him," Robisch says. "I enjoy it. There's no pressure on me. I'm not going to live up to him, a two-time All-American. But that's fine with me."

Robisch, who is married and has a six-month-old daughter, won't match his father's college career, but he might yet find similar success in the NBA. In his senior season, Robisch has matured into one of the better big men in the country. He still retains the face-up skills he had as a 6'8" forward in high school, but he has developed a low-post game befitting a player his size. He is averaging 15.4 points and 8.2 rebounds in 33.4 minutes per game and was named second team All-Big 12.

"He's more polished. That's typical of [Oklahoma State coach] Eddie Sutton's players," says Texas coach Tom Penders. "Last year I don't know if we even mentioned him in the scouting report. This year he can beat you."

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