Mike Robbins' apartment bedroom looks more like an artist's studio than a place to sleep.
He has blank canvases in one corner of the room, a section of a wall for unfinished canvases and another section for finished canvases. He also an easel and two desks, one with paint and another with sketchbooks and notebooks.
"My bed is the thing that just looks like it doesn't belong," Robbins said.
When Robbins, now a senior guard on scholarship, joined the Owls as a sophomore walk-on for the 2014-15 season, he painted every day, except for when the team traveled, and he continued to do so last season.
He only had 18 career minutes entering this season but knew he'd have a chance for more playing time. Sophomore guard Trey Lowe was redshirting the season, senior guard Josh Brown was recovering from an Achilles tendon injury and freshman guards Quinton Rose and Alani Moore II didn't have any college experience. He wanted to be entirely focused on basketball.
Robbins didn't paint at all in the fall semester. He wasn't himself. He picked up the brush again during winter break and said he felt less stressed and more free on the basketball court.
Robbins' best scoring game came before winter break on Dec. 10 when he scored a career-high eight points against DePaul University, but he had a career-high three assists in 14 minutes against Central Florida on Dec. 31.
"I think the balance of both of them is what keeps me at my best on the court," he said...
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