Douglas County coach Chet Forsh likes to have at least one freshman on his varsity every season.
The longtime girl's basketball coach looks at the long term future of his program by having at least one player gain four years of varsity experience.
For freshman Amari Robinson, the future is definitely bright.
The 6-foot center has established herself as one of the top freshman in the state while help leading the Tigers team.
Heading into Tuesday's game at Campbell, Robinson is averaging a team-leading 16.2 points and 9.9 rebounds per contest as the Tigers are 16-1 overall and 8-0 in Region 3-AAAAAA.
"I feel like I'm doing some things well but I have to continue to work," Robinson said.
But her performance so far has been invaluable in helping the Tigers sit atop the region standings.
Robinson has a very good athletic pedigree.
Her mother, Andrea, played at Providence College and her father, Keith, played at Notre Dame. Both have been elected to various hall of fames because of their playing careers.
But it doesn't stop with her parents.
Robinson's cousin is Brandon Robinson, the standout guard on the boy's basketball team and North Carolina Tar Heels signee.
"I really have some big shoes to fill," Amari Robinson said. "I just have to keep working. I know there is a lot of pressure there. I know I have to work hard to continue to grow as a player."
Robinson entered Douglas County having already earned a reputation as a winner. She led Turner Middle School to the eighth-grade county championship. Turner finished as county runner-up when she was in the seventh-grade.
Forsh has been pleased so far in what he has seen in his talented freshman.
"She has played very well," Forsh said. "She is a smart player that doesn't take many bad shots."
But Forsh still acknowledge that Robinson still has some areas for improvement. But the coach has been impressed with the way she has handled the pressure of being a talented freshmen with high expectations.
"First, she is a real good person and I think that plays a large part in everything," Forsh said. "She is both mentally and emotionally stable and that helps with handling the pressure."
It also helps that Robinson is surrounded by a talented cast of teammates. Senior point guard Amira Atwater has been the leader for the Tigers with the way she has played and vocally.
A four-year player, Atwater scored her 1,000th career point on Tuesday night in a win over East Coweta. Junior Arsula Clark is the team's third-leading scorer behind Atwater.
Helping Robinson out in the lowpost has been junior Ashanti Brown, who is averaging 9.6 rebounds a game while chipping in 8.2 points per contest. She has 11 double-doubles and has failed only once this season to reach double digits in scoring.
"My teammates have really been great," Robinson said. "We really get alone really well on and off the court."