Ada's Jaxson Robinson named area's top freshman

Ada’s Jaxson Robinson (23) averaged 9.2 points per game for the Ada Cougars and helped spark his team to a berth in the Class 4A State Tournament. Robinson was named the 2018 Ada News All-Area Boys Freshman of the Year.

It’s rare these days for a freshman to crack the starting lineup for a Class 4A basketball team, and even more uncommon for a player that age to make a big impact.

Then again, Ada’s Jaxson Robinson isn’t your normal freshman.

Robinson averaged 9.2 points per game, second on the team behind scoring leader Kobe Burgess. The 6-4 playmaker also averaged just over four rebounds per outing, tops on the AHS squad, and is the 2018 Ada News All-Area Boys Freshman of the Year.

“Jaxson has unlimited potential. He struggled a little early in the year, as most freshmen do, but continued to improve throughout the season,” said Ada head coach Garland Parks. “After settling in, he did an outstanding job in every aspect of the game. He has ice in his veins as he’s not afraid of, and wants to take, the big shot.”

Robinson shot a team-leading 41.8 percent from the 3-point stripe and handed out 57 assists.

The talented athlete gave fans a sign of things to come when he scored 50 points in a game as an eighth-grader.

He and Burgess are expected to give the Cougars a tough 1-2 punch next season.

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Jeff Cali has been covering sports in the Ada area since the mid-90s. He graduated from Byng High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from East Central University.