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Tahnee Robinson Looking to Be Role Model in Indian Country

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Tahnee Robinson wants to do more then become the first American Indian drafted into the WNBA, she wants to prove herself further on and off the court and become a role model for American Indians everywhere.

Jeff Jacobs of the Hartford Courant reports on the desire of recent WNBA draftee, Tahnee Robinson, to become a role model to American Indians. Her mother is Pawnee and Eastern Shoshone, and her father is Northern Cheyenne and Sioux. Jacobs details Robinson's at times turbulent road to being drafted into the WNBA (she was drafted 31st by the Phoenix Mercury and traded in April to the Connecticut Sun).

At the age of 18, Robinson was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. At the age of 19, she gave birth to a baby boy, Julius. It was at this point she assumed her basketball career was over.

Instead, Robinson worked hard (extremely hard, actually) and, with the support of her family, eventually became a college star at the University of Nevada, a Sullivan Award finalist, signed a two-year deal with Nike, was the first American Indian drafted into the WNBA, and as reported on May 16, was just named Nevada's top female student-athlete for performance during her senior year.

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Robinson is now vying for one of two opening roster spots left on the Sun with six other players, including veteran forward Kerri Gardin and second-year guard Allison Hightower.

There's no doubt Robinson is up to the challenge, and no matter what happens at the Sun camp, there's other professional basketball outlets she can tap into, including playing internationally.

Yet, one gets the sense that Robinson, a gifted scorer and all-around player, has a good shot at making the Sun squad. On the court, all she needs is a sliver of daylight to make something happen. Going against five other girls for two spots sounds like something Robinson can handle with ease.

For more information on the Jacobs article, click here.