Dobbs signs LOI to Aurora University
On Thursday, May 4, Olney Tigers basketball player Trevor Dobbs, signed his letter of intent to play basketball for the Aurora University Spartans.
In Dobbs’ senior year as an Olney Tiger, scored 301 points; shot 111-278 from the field for 39.9 percent; shot 53-11 from 2ptFG range for 47.7 percent; 58-167 from 3ptFG range for 34.7 percent; 21-36 from the line for 58.3 percent; grabbed 82 rebounds (11 offensive, 71 defensive); had 43 assists; 3 blocks; 33 steals; and 8:57:24.
Aurora University was founded as Mendota Seminary in Mendota, Illinois, in 1893. At that time, the school was focused on education and training rooted in the Advent Christian Church. Within a few years of its founding, the seminary changed its name to Mendota College, and broadened its programs into a traditional liberal arts curriculum.
Aurora University added a third location in 2009 with the opening of the Woodstock Center, which offers part-time MBA, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and graduate programs in education. The center is located in Woodstock, Illinois, approximately 50 miles north of the university’s main campus.
Today, Aurora University, the GWC campus, and the Woodstock Center are operated by the Board of Trustees of Aurora University and presided over by a chief executive officer. Each site has a team of senior administrators who report to the president.
Aurora University offers 40 undergraduate majors, numerous minors, a wide variety of master's degrees, several graduate certificates in education, nursing and business, and online doctoral degrees in education and social work.
Aurora University fields 21 NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletic teams. Approximately 40 percent of the student population participates in intercollegiate sports. All Spartan athletic teams compete in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference with the exception of the men’s lacrosse team, which is part of the Midwest Lacrosse Conference. The primary athletics facilities are Thornton Gymnasium, located in Alumni Hall, and Vago Field, which serves as the football, soccer and lacrosse field. The Vago Field grandstand seats 600 people.
Dobbs will be playing under the direction of Head Coach Lance Robinson. Robinson, although he became Head Coach in the summer of 2016, is no stranger to Spartans basketball.
Robinson joined the AU coaching staff for the 2010-2011 season as a graduate assistant coach after a stellar four-year career as a Spartan. Starting in the 2012-2013 season, Robinson will remain on staff as a full-time assistant coach.
In his career, Robinson had 787 points, 589 rebounds, 489 assists and 203 steals. In his senior season, Robinson, with his all-around game, averaged 13.9 points, 7.2 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game. He had an almost three-to-one assist to turnover ratio (2.60) while shooting 48.8 percent from the field (163-of-334) and averaging 1.8 steals per game, while being named the 2009-2010 Northern Athletics Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year.
Additionally, he was named by The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) as a First-Team All-Midwest Region and Third-Team Midwest All-Region by D3hoops.com and First-Team All-Conference in the NAC.
Robinson came to AU from Danville, Indiana where he played his high school basketball at Danville High School. He earned his bachelor's and master's degree from Aurora University in Business.
Aurora University athletic teams have captured 123 conference championships in school history. Since joining the NCAA in 1982, AU men’s and women’s teams have won 103 conference championships and appeared in 59 NCAA tournaments.
Dobbs’ comments were not available at press time.