HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Coming into his senior season, Kearney Bearcat Shiloh Robinson was one of the best prep basketball players in the state. Now the 6'7" forward is coming off his freshman season with one of the best mid-major teams in the country, the Liberty Men's Basketball Team.
During the 2018-19 season, Robinson tore it up for the Bearcats, averaging 18.9 points and 11.6 rebounds a game. Now, he is coming off his first season with at Liberty.
"It's a lot harder than you would think. The transition from high school to college," Robinson said. "It asks for you to be more mature but just better and like skills, strength, like it all adds up."
Robinson played in all 34 games for the Flames. They were led by talented group of seniors, who had the team in the NCAA tournament, after winning 30 games and the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.
"We had a lot of expectations on us. Like from the public. People thought we were going to be good but their ability to meet and surpass those expectations was miraculous," Robinson said.
Having to miss opportunities is nothing new to Robinson. He missed his junior season at Kearney after he broke his wrist. Then he missed out on playing in the NCAA tournament. But through it all he has learned to embrace the chances he does have.
"Like instead of going into practice saying, 'Oh, I just want to get through this. I've had a tough day. I just want to chill and relax.' Realize that it's an opportunity, you're not guaranteed to practice tomorrow. Don't take it for granted," he said.
Losing a group of talented senior will be a blow to Richie McKay's team but Robinson knows as only a freshman, his time is coming. He just has to wait for it.