March 12, 2003
SEATTLE - University of Washington guard Nate Robinson, who was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team on Tuesday, was honored Wednesday by being selected to the CollegeInsider.com national All-Freshmen Team.
A panel of NCAA Division I coached were involved in the evaluation and selection process for the 20-player freshmen squad that was ultimately selected by the CollegeInsider.com staff. Robinson was one of two Pacific-10 Conference players honored, including Arizona State's Ike Diogu who was named the conference freshman of the year.
The 5-foot-8 Robinson led Washington in scoring with 13.0 points per game, the fourth-highest scoring average ever for a Husky freshman. His 300 points tied Mark Pope (1992) for the fourth best total by a UW player in his freshman campaign.
Robinson played 23 games, starting the final 10. Despite missing four games due to obligations with the football team, Robinson placed second on the team with 52 assists. That figure ranks seventh among all-time UW freshmen. He had 26 steals to tie for third on the team and fifth in the UW freshmen record book.
A two-sport standout, Robinson is enrolled at Washington on a football scholarship. He started the final six Husky football games at cornerback and recorded two interceptions. Robinson scored eight points in basketball on Jan. 2 against UCLA after starting two days earlier in UW's 34-24 loss to Purdue in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31.
Robinson posted a career-high 20 points against Arizona State on Feb. 8 and grabbed a career-best nine rebounds versus USC on Jan. 4. He exploded onto the scene in his second collegiate outing, amassing 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals in 18 minutes at Santa Clara on Dec. 7.
A product of Seattle's Rainier Beach High School, Robinson was named the MVP of the state tournament after leading the Vikings to the 2002 state Class AAA basketball championship.
His father, Jacque Robinson, was a standout running back on the Washington football team and ranks seventh among all-time Huskies with 2,300 career yards. Jacque is the only player to earn MVP honors in both the Rose (1982) and Orange (1985) Bowls.
Another Washington player, 6-6 forward Bobby Jones, received honorable mention acclaim on the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team.
2003 CollegeInsider.com All-Freshmen Team
Carmelo Anthony 6-8 Syracuse
Chris Bosh 6-10 Georgia Tech
Dee Brown 5-11 Illinois
Keydren Clark 5-10 St. Peter's
Ike Diogu 6-8 Arizona State
Francisco Garcia 6-7 Louisville
Daniel Horton 6-3 Michigan
Daniel Kickert 6-10 St. Mary's
Rashad McCants 6-3 North Carolina
Gerry McNamara 6-2 Syracuse
Jonathon Modica 6-4 Arkansas
J.J. Redick 6-4 Duke
Anthony Roberson 6-1 Florida
Nate Robinson 5-9 Washington Craig Smith 6-7 Boston College
Timmy Smith 5-9 East Tennessee State
Alando Tucker 6-5 Wisconsin
C.J. Watson 6-2 Tennessee
Deron Williams 6-3 Illinois
Bracey Wright 6-3 Indiana
2003 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team
Hassan Adams G 6-4 Arizona
Ike Diogu C 6-8 Arizona State
Andre Igoudala F 6-6 Arizona
Richard Midgley G 6-1 California
Nate Robinson G 5-8 Washington
Honorable Mention Pac-10 All-Freshman Team
Ian Crosswhite F 6-11 Oregon
Ryan Hollins C 6-11 UCLA
Lamar Hurd G 6-3 Oregon State
Bobby Jones F 6-6 Washington