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Tahnee Robinson the First Native American in WNBA UNCASVILLE Tahnee Robinson is far from the first wide eyed rookie to find herself acting like an exuberant tourist when she steps inside the Mohegan Sun complex. However, it wasn't the seemingly never ending string of restaurants and businesses, nor was it the flashing lights and ringing bells permeating throughout the casino which brought Robinson to the verge of emotional overload. No, as the first full blooded Native American to be drafted by a WNBA team, Robinson could not believe her good fortune when the Sun engineered a draft day trade to bring her to the only league team financed by a Native American tribe. While it was her basketball skills, and not her roots, which led the Sun to trade next year's third round pick to Phoenix for her rights, it seemed like a perfect marriage both personally and professionally for the amiable Robinson. "I knew it even before I was drafted that they were going to trade for me," said Robinson, a 5 foot 9 guard who averaged 22.1 points as a senior at Nevada. "I never actually thought I'd come this far. I thought I might stay closer to home, maybe go to Phoenix or somewhere. When I looked into them, they have good players, good coaches. I know last year wasn't bad, but it wasn't what they wanted and you can only go up from there. I am excited and just the fact that they are owned by a Native American tribe is just icing on top of the cake, I guess. For me, it is just amazing to be a part of it." Draft day was one Robinson will never forget. Her mom was so nervous, she couldn't bring herself to listen or watch the television broadcast. One of her uncles had a decidedly different attitude as he threw an under the radar draft party in his office. As for Robinson, when she saw her name come onto the television screen, she burst into tears. exhibition game. "There were a lot of obstacles that nike z x flux I've had to go through, a lot of sacrifices I had to make. Finally knowing all the sacrifices I made, just being away from my son and being away from my family it was finally all worth it. All the hard work I put in over these last few years, I know I didn't do all of that for no reason. For me to be drafted, I am happy. To be the first Native American drafted, for me it was just amazing because as soon as I got drafted, people (on her) Facebook and Twitter, people I didn't even know were telling me how proud they were of me." Robinson grew up on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, but that did not stop her from dreaming about and pursuing a basketball career. At age 4 she played the sport for the first time. Two years later she told her mother, Sara, that she intended on playing basketball in college and perhaps beyond. Fortunately, Tahnee was a member of a basketball loving family and her mom faithfully drove her wherever she needed to go to make her dreams became a reality. Robinson thought she would be suiting up for her home state Wyoming squad after a brilliant career at Lander Valley High School. But shortly before she was to enroll in classes as a freshman at Wyoming, Robinson found out she was pregnant. At the time, she wondered whether she had played basketball for the final time. She was given a chance to play again for Sheridan (Wyo.) College. As a sophomore she led the nation in scoring, averaging a shade under 30 points per game and was a junior college All American. "I was just trying to get used to playing again, trying to be mom and be a student again," Robinson said. "It was definitely hard to get into the rhythm again. My first year it was very, very tough. My second year, it got better and then going to Nevada, it was an easy decision for me. (Nevada coach Jane Albright), she definitely understood my situation, kind of the baggage that I brought along and she was fine with that. She wanted to make me the best player that I nike shoes quora could be. I was very happy and liked it there." Robinson tried to balance raising her child and being a full time college student in her first year at Sheridan. During her final three seasons, her son stayed with her parents and the situation remains the same as Robinson takes part in her first training camp. "I took him to Sheridan for the first year but it became overwhelming to take care of a baby, study for finals, have practice and games," Robinson said. "My mom and dad took it from there and he has lived with them for about three years now. I talk to him every morning and every night. nike shoes zappos My mom is trying to get Skype so I can skype a little bit more." It was during her time at Nevada when she would meet Sam McCracken, manager of Nike's Native American Business. Nevada's women's basketball season would annually feature a Native American Day, and it was at that event during her senior season when she got the chance to further her profile as a full blooded Native American who happened to be one of the nation's best college basketball players. McCracken attended the event with the purpose of meeting with Robinson. Following the season, she was signed up by Nike to help promote N7, its Native American brand. Robinson was not signed by Nike until mid April, so she has only made a couple of public appearances but is eager to have a role in the marketing of the N7 brand. "We are just trying to get the word out and what we are trying to do with it," Robinson said. "I have made a couple of appearances. There is not too much yet but I am sure there is more to come in the future."