Former Deacon LaChina Robinson parlays basketball experience into television career

ESPN reporter and former Lady Deac LaChina Robinson - Joe Faraoni / ESPN Images

LaChina Robinson (Wake Forest '02), a rising star as a basketball analyst and reporter, will be a part of ESPN's first-ever prime time WNBA broadcast on Monday.

ESPN announced today that the 2013 WNBA draft will be broadcast during prime time hours for the first time in the league's history. Per the official release, coverage will begin on ESPN2 at 8:00 p.m. and will feature former Lady Deac LaChina Robinson serving as a reporter for the proceedings. Robinson will be part of a broadcast team featuring host Kevin Negandhi along with Rebecca Lobo, Caryolyn Peck and Holly Rowe.

Robinson was named to the 1999 ACC All-Freshman team, and finished her Wake Forest career with the third-most blocks in school history. She is also one of only five former Demon Deacons to pull down 20 rebounds in a single game. Additionally, Robinson earned a spot on the Academic All-ACC team during her senior campaign.

After graduating from Wake Forest in 2002, Robinson worked in several capacities for Georgia Tech head coach MaChelle Joesph, including a stint as Director of Basketball Operations. During her time at Tech, Robinson began her foray into broadcasting as she served as a color analyst for Georgia Tech basketball and eventually the WNBA's Atlanta Dream.

After fulfilling her duties at the draft, Robinson anticipates being back with the Dream's coverage on Fox Sports South. She will also serve as social media correspondent for NBA TV during select NBA playoff games. In addition, Robinson will likely serve as a reporter on select WNBA playoff broadcasts on ESPN.

Despite her busy schedule during the season, Robinson remains connected to the Wake Forest program and expects nothing but good things from coach Jen Hoover in the future.

"I'm extremely excited about the direction of the program under Jen Hoover," Robinson said. "I have always felt like Wake Forest is a very special place where those who understand it best, I think, take the most pride in it. The size is obviously unique, the challenges of the ACC- which is one of the most competitive leagues in the country, the standard of academic excellence- it's kind of in a world of it's own. So, when you've been a part of it as a player as the Wake kids have and I have, you really take pride in it."

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