(CBS Connecticut) — A former University of Connecticut basketball player and NBA All-Star Cliff Robinson, most recently in the news for accompanying Dennis Rodman to North Korea,  is back in the news — but this time not on the sports page.

 CBS announced Wednesday that he will be one of 18 castaways on the new season of “Survivor,”  airing beginning next month.

Cliff Robinson (Courtesy CBS)

Cliff Robinson (Courtesy CBS)

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CBS says the contestants are split into three tribes —  each with one player with a sports background.  Robinson,  who spent most of his 18 years in the NBA playing with the Portland Trail Blazers,  will be part of the “Brawn” Tribe.  Miami Marlins President David Sampson will be part of the “Brain” Tribe,  and San Francisco 49ers cheerleader Morgan McLeod will be a member of the “Beauty Tribe.”

Robinson,  who is originally from Buffalo, and now lives in Newark, New Jersey,   was a member of the Huskies from 1985 to 1989, leading the team in scoring three consecutive years.  He was named to the 1988 All-Tournament Team the year UConn won the NIT,  and was named to the UConn “All-Century” Team.   His 00 number is on the “Huskies Of Honor” wall at Gampel Pavilion.

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