Jenni Carlson: Danielle Robinson wanted no part of being a Stanford girl

by Jenni Carlson Published: April 4, 2010

SAN ANTONIO — Danielle Robinson could’ve picked any team.

Sometime during the preseason, every member of the Oklahoma women’s basketball team was asked to fill out a personality questionnaire.

Categories ranged from "My Worst Habit” and "My Movies” to "My Favorite Athlete” and "My Team.”

Then, there was "Not My Team.”

Robinson’s answer way back before this season began and months before tonight’s Final Four showdown against Stanford ever became a reality?

Stanford.

Of all the teams in all the world, Robinson picked the Cardinal.

Ironic considering the Sooner point guard almost picked the Cardinal back when she was a hotshot recruit in the Bay Area. Robinson was born and raised in San Jose, a 30-minute drive from Stanford’s Palo Alto campus, and when she spurned the Cardinal for the Sooners, it caused quite a stir on the girls’ basketball scene in Northern California.

How could she leave the Pac-10?

Why would she choose OU?

Robinson hopes to show everyone why tonight.

"I’m excited to finally get a chance to play them,” she said. "I’m definitely excited.”

Robinson grew up watching Stanford. Just about every little girl who plays basketball in Northern California does. They dream of being noticed by Tara VanDerveer, getting recruited by the Cardinal, then eventually wearing that Stanford uniform.

"They’re the premier women’s basketball team,” Robinson said. "In Northern California, the whole talk is Stanford, Stanford, Stanford.”

The grasp that the Cardinal has on that area is tight.

Robinson’s best friend from high school, Kassandra McCalister, plays at Oregon State, but her mother still goes to Stanford games even though the Cardinal is one of the Beavers’ conference rivals.

by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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