Alexis Dobbs has two uncles who played college basketball, a father who starred at Villanova and now coaches at Bryant University and a brother currently playing at Bryant. It’s no surprise that the junior point guard is finding major success on the court this year and ranks among Patriot League leaders in seven different categories.
Although the women’s basketball team has recently faltered by losing four straight games, Dobbs is a big reason they’re still in the hunt for a No. 3 seed.
She ranks first in steals, second in assist-to-turnover ratio and third in 3-pointers made in the Patriot League. She also leads AU in points and minutes played.
“My family definitely has an impact on my game,” Dobbs said. “That’s kind of how I got my competitive edge to begin with was because I always competed with my brother at a young age and learned from my dad as a coach.”
One of the biggest advantages Dobbs takes advantage of is her ability to train with her brother and father during the offseason. Over the past year, she has considerably cut down on her amount of turnovers, dished out more assists and upped her free-throw percentage.
“One of the things that Lex has an opportunity to do is spend a lot of time with her dad in the gym and her brother in the summer,” AU Head Coach Matt Corkery told aueagles.com, “so she always comes back the next year better than ever and with things added to her game.”
Dobbs comes from a long line of guards. Along with her father, Franklin, and brother, Frankie, Dobbs has two uncles, Collins and Mark, who played at Duquesne and Robert Morris, respectively.
Even though this is the first season that Dobbs has played such an important role for AU, Corkery says that ever since she first arrived on campus she has been a factor for the Eagles. Her family background eased her transition into college helps her think like a coach.
“From day one when she stepped into the program, she’s made a tremendous impact because she believes in herself, and that comes from her family,” Corkery said. “It’s really been a great experience as a head coach to have someone like Lex who is also a coach on the floor.”