Ronnie Robinson was a member of the 1972-73 team, which advanced to the finals of the NCAA Tournament before losing to UCLA. He came to U of M from Melrose High School with his lifelong friend and teammate Larry Finch. Together, they rewrote the U of M basketball record book, and led the team to its finest moments.
Robinson, a three-year starter, worked as a center and a forward. He averaged in double figures in both scoring and rebounding throughout his career, and still holds the distinction of being one of only two Tigers to have scored 1,000 points and had 1,000 rebounds. Robinson scored a career-high 30 points against Tulsa as a sophomore, and ironically, set the school rebounding record (28) in the same game.
He was a three-time All-Missouri Valley Conference Selection, was named to the Vanderbilt Classic and Sun Bowl All-Tournament teams, and received All-America honors (Converse and Basketball News) as a senior.
Robinson still holds school records for the highest field goal percentage in a career (57.7%), most rebounds in a single game (28), and most rebounds in a career (1,066). Robinson was selected in the fourth round of the 1973 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns.