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Nashville, Tenn. --- Minnesota Timberwolves’ forward and Tennessee State University alumnus Robert Covington announced Saturday afternoon at TSU’s annual Blue and White spring football game his donation of $75,000 to the university’s men’s basketball program. Current men’s basketball head coach Brian “Penny” Collins took the field to receive the check.tnst Covington Collins mbb donation"Penny" Collins (L) & Robert Covington

“I just wanted to give back, said Covington. “My guy, Penny, has been a great dude. I’ve been giving back continuously for years. I just felt like now is the time to make things happen. It’s a time for change and progression. I’m in a great place to give back more than I normally have and I feel like it was my calling.”

“We are incredibly grateful for the continued support Rob has given our program over the years,” said Collins. “This transformational gift will dramatically improve the student-athlete experience and assist TSU in its quest to take over the OVC. The success of our student-athletes and our program relies on the extraordinary generosity of our supporters and Rob has been instrumental in elevating Tennessee State basketball to unimaginable heights.”

Covington played at TSU from 2009-13, finishing his four-year career as a Tiger with 1,750 points, 876 rebounds, seven Ohio Valley Conference awards and three BoxtoRow/CollegeInsider.com All-American titles.

After graduating from Tennessee State, Covington joined the Houston Rockets during the 2013 NBA Summer League before signing a deal with the team, playing seven games in his rookie year. Since then, he’s catapulted himself to being named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team last season, five successful seasons with the Sixers before being traded to the Timberwolves’ roster where he started 22 games, averaging 13.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists.

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