She’s just a sophomore, but former South Broward High star Danielle Robinson already has emerged as the basketball leader at Nova Southeastern University.
Robinson, a 5-8 guard, averaged 13.2 points last season and was named the conference’s Freshman of the Year.
“Danielle is ready to make a big jump from freshman to sophomore years,” Nova coach LeAnn Freeland said.
Nova, which will be a huge underdog when it plays an exhibition game at the University of Miami on Nov. 5, has other top returners, a list that includes 5-6 senior guard Meixandra Porter and 5-11 junior point guard Jessica Russi.
Porter averaged 14.8 points and made first-team All-Sunshine State Conference. She was the Class 2A prep Player of the Year in Virginia and competed for two years at Colorado State before transferring to Nova.
Russi started just 10 games last season but finished with 83 assists, two behind Porter, the team leader. Russi also averaged seven points and led Nova with 50 steals.
The Sharks suffered a setback recently when Jasmine Wilkins was lost for the season because of a knee injury. The 5-10 junior forward averaged 9.5 points last season and led the team in rebounds (7.0) and blocks (38).
Still, the Sharks could be highly ranked this season after adding transfers from the Big East and Big Ten conferences.
Amanda Burakoski, a 6-0 junior guard, transferred from St. John’s, where she averaged 5.4 points last season and led the conference with 43 percent accuracy on three-pointers.
The Sharks also added 6-0 senior guard Tailor Jones, who averaged four points and 3.7 rebounds last season at Northwestern, and ranked ninth in the Big Ten in assists.
A third transfer is 6-1 junior forward Julia Salmio, the tallest player on the team. As a freshman, she helped North Idaho win the junior college national championship.
Nova’s regular-season schedule includes a Dec. 15 trip to Raleigh, N.C., for a game against defending Division II national champion Shaw, a team the Sharks beat by 14 points last season. Then, on Feb. 9 at Lakeland, the Sharks will play Florida Southern in a game telecast live by CBS Sports Network.
In all, seven of Nova’s opponents this season made the NCAA tournament this past spring.
Sophomore Alexis Mourning was named the co-ACC Volleyball Player of the Week on Monday after she helped the Hurricanes beat North Carolina State and North Carolina to climb into a first-place tie in the conference with Florida State.
Mourning, who ranks second in the ACC in blocks this season, is the third Canes player in the past five weeks to earn Player of the Week, joining Emani Sims and Alex Johnson.
The win over North Carolina was extra sweet for the Canes because the Tar Heels have two elite recruits from South Florida who chose instead to go to UNC: freshmen Leigh Andrew and Victoria McPherson.
Freshman Meghan MacLaren of England was named the Sun Belt Women’s Golfer of the Month.