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Student-Athlete Profile: Robbie Lemons
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 12/07/2012

Dec. 7, 2012

Student-Athlete Profiles Archive (2011-12):
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Andy Brown | Josh Huestis | Dwight Powell

In one of the most surprising stretches for a Stanford player in recent memory, junior guard Robbie Lemons provided the Cardinal with an unexpected yet welcomed boost at the Battle 4 Atlantis during Thanksgiving weekend.

Prior to the tourney, Lemons had scored only 11 points on 4-15 shooting (2-8 from three-point territory) in 23 career games combined over two seasons. But the native of Carmichael, Calif., contributed immediately in the Bahamas, totaling 19 points (6.3 average) on 7-15 shooting (46.7 percent) while connecting on 3-8 tries from three-point range. Lemons added a career-high nine points in Stanford's 66-63 loss to Minnesota.

Lemons made the most of his extended playing time and was on the floor during the game's most critical situations. It appears Lemons has rediscovered his confidence, which provides head coach Johnny Dawkins with another weapon off the bench.


Choosing his major of economics, traditionally one of the program's most popular areas of study.
"One thing I liked about economics was that it combined many different schools of thought. There's some mathematics, some reasoning and even some writing. Also, I felt like you can go pretty much anywhere with it after school. There are a lot of opportunities, particularly now with the economy. It's been a popular major among the team, influenced by guys like Jack Trotter and Josh Owens. I really enjoyed Econ 52 (Economic Analysis III). Basically, the class focused on macroeconomics with high-level calculus, so it was challenging to relate the economics to the math. I really enjoyed the world view of economics, which is something I had not studied much up to that point. I felt I learned a lot from that class and really enjoyed my professor."

You joined the program as a walk-on during the fall of 2010. So, it's only natural you would have developed the closest relationships with members of the current junior class, a six-member group that arrived on The Farm ranked among the nation's top-20 classes.
"I think everyone has been extremely supportive. I'm very thankful for all those guys and their presence in my life. But I think the one guy who has really helped me the most is Aaron (Bright). He's my roommate, so we have become really close friends. He has always encouraged me to be aggressive and try not to worry about playing time or making mistakes. Basically, telling me to just go out there and play my game. He's always encouraged me and I am very appreciative of that."

It also can't hurt that you are around each other so much off the court.
"I live right next to Aaron, Dwight (Powell) and Josh (Huestis) in the compound. Anthony (Brown) and John (Gage) live down the hall. Jack (Ryan) lives a couple stories above us. It's over in Mirrielees. It's wonderful. We have a lot of fun together and it's nice to be that close. I think having that time together away from the court brings us closer. It has a relaxing effect, where you feel like you can get away, but everyone is still together."

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You probably want to start playing all of your games in the Bahamas. That was simply an incredible three-day stretch, considering the arena's quirks and the extremely high caliber of opposition.
"Leading up to the tournament, we found out that Aaron (Bright) had sprained his ankle and Anthony (Brown) probably wouldn't be able to go. So I thought there might be an opportunity to contribute and really tried to prepare myself going into those games. I was fortunate that Coach Dawkins gave me a chance, and I just wanted to go out there and make the most of it. Do everything I could to help the team win. It was terrific because Coach Dawkins put me in and let me adapt to the rhythm of the game. I thought that really helped me a lot."

Not even the equivalent of a hand cast could slow down Robbie Lemons at the Battle 4 Atlantis.

It's not as if you haven't done it before. In addition to leading the nation in scoring for much of your senior year in high school, you also finished as the state's leading scorer. What's been the biggest adjustment to the college game?
"I think the biggest thing is just the intensity of the competition. Everything is notched up one level. For me personally, I think the biggest challenge was on the defensive end. Just learning the rotations and trying to keep guys in front who might be bigger or more athletic. Just getting accustomed to that. I think I've gotten better with that over the last couple years."

It's even more impressive to be knocking down three-pointers with basically a cast on your left hand. What's it like to play with that thing?
"It's basically like a plastic split. It wraps around the base of my hand and makes sure that I can't bend my pinky. In the fall, I injured my pinky and the knuckle joint. Whenever it would get pushed down, it was really painful. So, I just decided to wear that for protection. Basically, it's that splint and I tape around so it won't fall off. Then I buddy-tape my pinky to the ring finger. It's basically just protective until it heals up. It took a little time to get use to it, especially dribbling."

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- Brian Risso, Athletics Communications/Media Relations



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