2013 guard Stanford Robinson draws interest from IU

As the Indiana coaching staff continues to recruit for the 2013 class — which could end up with a total of five signees — an emphasis on back court help may be coming to the forefront.

One of the latest prospects to get a call from Tom Crean is Stanford Robinson, a 6-foot-4 combo guard from Paul VI Catholic in Fairfax, Virginia.

Robinson averaged 13.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game and shot 76.1 percent from the foul line in his junior campaign as Paul VI won both the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and City titles.

“Coach Crean just said they’re very interested in me,” Robinson told Inside the Hall. “In the beginning of the recruitment, he was just looking for a front court. But with them losing some guards the next two years, he’s going to need a combo guard who can score the ball and also play the point a little bit.”

Robinson, rated the No. 46 prospect nationally by ESPN.com and No. 52 by Scout.com, said he does not have a leader in his recruitment, but reeled off a list of schools that included Indiana, Maryland, Villanova, Miami (FL), Xavier, Texas and N.C. State.

“Right now I haven’t narrowed it down or anything,” he said. “If more schools were to come, I would definitely consider them. I won’t be narrowing anything down until the end of July.”

The rise of IU’s program from 12 wins in the 2010-2011 season to 27 and a Sweet 16 run in 2011-2012 coupled with the uptempo pace the Hoosiers employ are two positives that have the coveted guard intrigued.

“I think Coach Crean did a great job with the program,” Robinson said. “Knowing that they fell off for a couple of years, now that they’re back on the map, I think that plays an important factor because I think I’m going to be looking for a school that may be in the top 25. They might be a good fit for me. Knowing the way they play, I think their system could fit me, fit my style.”

That style of play, according to Robinson, includes attacking the basket relentlessly with the purpose of scoring the ball.

“I’m a scoring guard that can get to the rim at will,” he said. “I like to play above the rim. I’m a rebounding guard and a defensive guard as well. I like to defend.”

The Indiana staff was expected to travel this week during the current contact period to take a look at Robinson, but he suffered a broken nose on Friday night and will likely be limited for a couple of weeks. The rising senior is expected to undergo surgery today and expects to wear a mask upon his return to the court.

Robinson said he plans to contact Crean soon to talk about setting up a visit. It’s possible the staff will get several looks at Robinson this summer as he plays alongside BeeJay Anya, another IU recruiting target, on Team Takeover, a D.C. based Nike AAU program. Current IU guards Maurice Creek and Victor Oladipo both played with Team Takeover.

“BeeJay and I have known each other since we were nine or ten years old,” he said. “We’ve been playing on the same (AAU) teams, even before (Team) Takeover, we’ve been on the same team before. We don’t know quite yet how the recruitment could play out because me and him have a lot of the same schools, so we haven’t really talked about going to the same school. We’ve joked around about it, but don’t know quite yet.”

  • plane1972

    Vic 2.0?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KJ5FB2VV7RMUHZBHTUNIPPVYH4 Caleb

    seems like it maybe. hard to say any kid is going to be as athletic as Vic. Also seems this kid is a little further along offensively. Speaking of Vic I’ve seen him as high as the end of the 1st round on draft boards lately. If he takes a big step forward offensively with his shot next year we are going to need someone to replace him as he’s NBA bound.

  • Hoosier_DC

    Five-man class? Aren’t we already over signed by one with Creek reclassifying?

  • Lwood24

    Couldn’t agree more about Vic heading to the next level after his junior year. He is an explosive joy to watch play the game.  Thanks CTC and staff for demonstrating the intense work ethic off court (recruiting & multitask preparation) that you promote and expect in your players.  It is exciting to see the high level of athleticism and character in those that are interested in playing basketball for IU.

  • marcusgresham

    I’m going to slightly nitpick here—looking at the cut he’s making in that picture, shouldn’t he have the ball in his left hand?

  • Colldp01

    hes faking left and going right

  • Colldp01

    hes faking left and going right

  • iufan4life10

     I have no idea what coach Crean is doing but I have confidence he knows what he is doing.  I guess you can never stop recruiting because you never know what will happen.  I saw somewhere Oladipo was #45 on the 2013 draft board and Zeller is top 5.  Depending on how well they perform for this coming season and if they want to go, we could be replacing Zeller and Oladipo for Robinson and Anya.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    I would expect IU to sign five in 2013, yes.

  • psvirsky

    haha, that was my first reaction too.  Of course, you can’t judge a player by a still photo, but something about the way he’s leaning while using the right hand just looks wrong.

  • psvirsky

    haha, that was my first reaction too.  Of course, you can’t judge a player by a still photo, but something about the way he’s leaning while using the right hand just looks wrong.

  • plane1972

    It actually looks very RIGHT because he has his hand on top of the ball instead of carrying it like 4 out of every 5 guards do today.

  • IURob1997

    Adding this kid and Anya would be a steal for the Hoosiers for 2013.  Keep makin it happen CTC!

  • Point guard

    Actually, this is a big-time athletic move. Faking left and going right with the ball the in right hand takes real skill, especially at what appears to be high speed. If the picture is any indication, he is not only talented, he has no doubt done drills that target this move specifically.

  • http://www.vccm.net/ iubase

    This is an impressive pipeline – and this combo of Anya and Robinson are superb.  Strong and ready for Big ten play.  

  • http://www.vccm.net/ iubase

    This is an impressive pipeline – and this combo of Anya and Robinson are superb.  Strong and ready for Big ten play.  

  • DarkSouth

    hahaha, so true. You want to start a fight at the gym then try call a guy out for doing it a couple times.

  • Naked Samurai

    Recruiting Virginia?  Playfully punching Tony Bennett in the mouth for not considering the IU job?

  • Jam

    Anxious to see us land an out of state highly ranked player.

  • Jam

    Anxious to see us land an out of state highly ranked player.

  • iufan4life10

     You EXPECT IU to sign 5 in 2013!!!?  Where are the scholarships coming from?  Are we using Ivy Tech’s scholarships too?

  • superhoops

    Can’t wait to see who gives up their schollys for us to sign all these kids.  Eron better commit now or we’ll be out of schollys for that class soon.  And if some do go pro, doesn’t that mean we will actually take a step backwards as we strive for another banner?  Losing upperclassmen and replacing with freshmen doesn’t sound like a NCAA winning formula unless the incoming freshmen are top 10 players.

  • Outoftheloop

     Wait: Zeller was #15, not a top 10; Yogi is #19 not a top 10; Jeremy is #41, not a top 10; Watford was #41, not a top 10; the list goes on. I don’t expect any IU player to leave early without at least a Final Four or a Banner to show for his time at IU. I think that Indiana under Coach Crean will “live” the 2-year rule that many talk about while the 1-and-done still is the official rule. “It’s Indiana” also means that you are attending a great university, with a great academic tutoring program, in the midst of a terrific social life. Two years and a Banner sounds about right.

  • Outoftheloop

     And Fischer looks like the recruiting steal of 2013 nationally!

  • Outoftheloop

     This makes the 5 scholarships: Hulls, Watford, Elston: seniors; Zeller and Oladipo: NBA (but only after a Banner is hung!). Then you have transfers etc. Looks like plenty of room to maneuver.

  • marcusgresham

    If Vic is going to play in the NBA his ball-handling is what will truly have to improve.  I know he’s listed at 6’4″, but he’s really about 6’2″ and 2-guards at that height are almost non-existant unless they’re just snipers.  I’m afraid he’ll have to be a point guard to have a serious NBA career.

  • marcusgresham

    Yeah, the And-One-ification of basketball sickens me.  I used to work at a group home and the boys would watch that slop with amazement about a guy’s ballhandling skills.  I’d sit there and say “carry!  Travel!  Double-dribble!…” and they’d just argue with me that I didn’t understand street ball.

  • plane1972

    So true. I play in a noon game and totally relate to your comment. No one ever travels, carries or fouls. You’d be amazed at the perfection that is reached when we play over lunch.

  • HoosierHysteric

    He’s a legit 6’4″. He’s at least three inches taller than me, and I’m close to 6’2″

  • DarkSouth

    As IU establishes a track record for getting guys to the NBA it will draw interest from more top-10 talent.  That’s not a bad thing for recruiting purposes. 

  • 888

    Yep thats what top 10 talent wants to see. Will this coach get me to the NBA. Thats what they care about the most. Cant say i blame them either. Last i checked the NBA payed pretty well.

  • iufan4life10

     Two or three years, I remember coach Crean mentioning something about more IU players will graduate in 3 or 3 1/2 years rather than 4 years.  I believe he said this right after Zeller and Watford decided to come back.  I would love to see coach Crean establish a 3 years, a degree and then out the door to the NBA.  As much as I love watching him play, Oladipo is a candidate for this after next season.

  • Bucky

    Speed wins, which is why I’m so glad we have Yogi next year.  When that guy moves, I keep expecting to hear the “beep-beep” Roadrunner cartoon sound.

  • Bucky

    Speed wins, which is why I’m so glad we have Yogi next year.  When that guy moves, I keep expecting to hear the “beep-beep” Roadrunner cartoon sound.

  • Kelin Blab

     Saw Vic with Shelvin Mack…he dwarfs Mack….easily 6’4

  • Kelin Blab

     You are so right about Fischer

  • 11th and Done (Dunn)

    Yeah I’ve road the X-bus with him a couple times. I’m 6’1″ and I have to look up to him.  

  • Kelin Blab

    Saw Stanford in a few highlights, really like his scoring ability. 

  • Theartwithoutheart

    Everyone worries about Cody leaving..I highly doubt Cody leaves early..Look at his brothers..they all stayed for 4 years..He loves IU and loves playing the game..I would say he will be staying for 4 years, getting his degree and then moving on. Coach Crean is NOT CALIPARI!! We are not Kentucky…we haven’t had a one and done since Gordon (no offense we loved seeing you at IU)..and that was amidst the recruiting scandal

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    Neither of his brothers were projected to be a top 3 pick in the draft. Also, he will likely receive his degree in three years.

  • shime

    Could not agree more about Fischer seems like he improves vastly from the clips over time. And he appears pretty fast for his heighth just needs to bulk up and hit the weights.

  • shime

    Could not agree more about Fischer seems like he improves vastly from the clips over time. And he appears pretty fast for his heighth just needs to bulk up and hit the weights.

  • Motivatortom

    I like that idea!  I had not thought of that.  And … though I don’t yet understand it myself … there is a new reality … a new math … that applies to the really good players.  It’s not a 4year timetable for a lot of players … even those going overseas. It’s 1 to 3 years … and they can get a degree too.  I haven’t totally come to grips with it … but the top College coaches have.  Tom Crean has.  I trust him … but I admit I don’t quite “get it”.  

  • Motivatortom

    I like that idea!  I had not thought of that.  And … though I don’t yet understand it myself … there is a new reality … a new math … that applies to the really good players.  It’s not a 4year timetable for a lot of players … even those going overseas. It’s 1 to 3 years … and they can get a degree too.  I haven’t totally come to grips with it … but the top College coaches have.  Tom Crean has.  I trust him … but I admit I don’t quite “get it”.  

  • Evansville Hoosier

    2013 wish list:

    1. Stanford Robinson. Far and away number 1. So naturally athletic and smooth, so talented, tall enough to abuse shorter guards and fast enough to abuse forwards. I can tell, as long as he keeps his head on straight, that this guy is gonna be a star.

    2. Beejay Anya. Still have some questions about his work ethic, offensive ability, stamina, and ability to fit in our system, but he’s a banger, and we could use one.

    3. Monte Morris. He’s tall, fast, and skilled; a great combo. I’d prefer Robinson, but he’d be a good addition as well.

    4. Everyone else. From what I’ve heard so far, I’m not sure I’d want anyone else. Honestly, I just hope Darryl Hicks doesn’t get a scholarship…..

  • Outoftheloop

     Good points.

  • Outoftheloop

     Good points.

  • marcusgresham

    I took a picture of my daughter with him and I just didn’t think he looked quite that tall.  Of course, I’m a bit under 5’8″ so you’re closer to his world than I am—I’ll take your word for it.

  • FreeAgentID

    Come to the Hoosiers!

  • FreeAgentID

    Come to the Hoosiers!

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