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Heath asking more of Robertson

Posted Nov 22, 2011 by Adam Adkins

Updated Nov 23, 2011 at 12:18 AM

Stan Heath has had a limited roster to work with through the early part of the season with a few players out with injuries, but one available player the USF men’s basketball coach is looking to get more out of going forward is senior guard Hugh Robertson.

“I definitely feel like there’s more things he can do, especially from an offensive standpoint than what he’s doing,” said Heath, whose team hosts Georgia Southern on Wednesday night at the St. Pete Times Forum. “He’s been good defensively, but I thought last year he was very good, and so I do think he’s a guy we can get more out of.

“I don’t know what’s kind of tinkering around in the head right now, why he’s not where he’s supposed to be, but we definitely want to encourage him to give us more.”

Robertson made perhaps his biggest impact last season on the defensive end and spent most of his time guarding the opposition’s best perimeter player, but he also averaged a respectable 8.3 points per game.

Through five games this season, however, he’s yet to find his stride offensively. Robertson is averaging just 5.8 points per game in 27 minutes of action and has yet to score in double figures, which he did 13 times last season.

Heath wants to see Robertson become more aggressive on the offensive end. So far this season Robertson has taken only 23 shots.

“He’s playing close to 25 minutes a game and I think he’s taken four 3-point shots, and I know he’s been open a lot more than just four times to take those kind of shots,” Heath said. “I’ve not told him not to shoot the ball. I certainly have said in different ways we need you to be more productive offensively.

“Everybody has their own makeup. I don’t know if he sees himself as a shooter-scorer, but I definitely don’t think he can’t look at himself as a guy who’s not an offensive player and then we start playing 5-on-4 basketball.”

—-Heath said the left shoulder injury senior forward Augustus Gilchrist is not believed to be serious. Gilchrist, second on the team in both scoring and rebounding this season, is questionable to play against Georgia Southern on Wednesday, though Heath said he expects him back in the lineup no later than Saturday against Florida Atlantic.

Also, freshman point guard Anthony Collins, who has been out while nursing a hamstring injury, is expected to make his Bulls debut Wednesday against the Eagles.

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