Robinson talks Bloomington visit, timetable for decision

2013 Paul VI Catholic guard Stanford Robinson made his first trip to Bloomington on Monday.

He left with nothing but positive things to say about the overall experience.

“We got to see a lot of the campus, the Student Union, Assembly Hall, the practice facility,” Robinson told Inside the Hall on Tuesday night. “We played open gym and saw the dorms. It was a good experience. The coaches were real friendly. I could see myself having a great relationship with the coaches. And then I had one of my former coaches down there, Coach (Kenny) Johnson.”

The 6-foot-4 guard, rated the No. 46 player nationally according to ESPN.com, says that IU’s newest assistant was a big factor in his decision to attend Paul VI in Fairfax, Virginia.

“Coach Johnson is the reason I’m at Paul VI High School right now,” Robinson said. “He was there as the head assistant coach and he recruited me to come to Paul VI. But I’ve actually known Johnson since I was in the eighth grade.”

Beyond the familiarity with Johnson, Robinson’s relationships with Tom Crean and Victor Oladipo have the Hoosiers in a favorable position.

“Coach Crean is a great coach and he’s high energy. That’s what I like about him,” he said. “He was very positive and it was great to have some conversations with Coach Crean. He has a great plan for me.

“Me and Victor are like brothers. He’s like a role model to me when he comes in the high school. He’s one of the hardest working guys I know.”

After a broken nose forced him to miss the first EYBL session in Minneapolis, Robinson has progressed over the last two sessions in Hampton and in Dallas, where he averaged 13.4 points and shot 55 percent from the field.

Team Takeover, which also includes another IU recruiting target in DeMatha forward BeeJay Anya, finished the EYBL Dallas session 5-0.

“Since I’ve been back from the injury, I feel like I’m being more aggressive every game,” the left-handed guard said. “I’m getting stronger every game.”

The next step in the process for Robinson, who can sign a National Letter of Intent in November, may be coming sooner than he originally planned.

He plans to sit down with his family and coaches this week and said a decision could come by Friday.

“I could definitely see myself up there (at Indiana) because of the relationship me and Coach Johnson have. I would always have somebody there to support me and keep me pushing. Coach Crean is a great guy, a family type guy. I could definitely see myself going there because the coaches felt like family and I had great conversations with the coaches. I feel like we could build a great relationship.

“Indiana’s definitely high in my decision, but so is Villanova and some other schools.”

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Right, I didn’t mention Luke because I think he’d be the least likely to back out of his commitment.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joshobie Josh O’Brien

    The rule’s changed in the last two years. Not an option any longer.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    The best according to rankings is Anya.

    But the best player, I’d argue, would either be Robinson or (don’t know if we’ve offered him or not) Semi Ojeleye. Both are very skilled and athletic, and can get up and down to court.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    If Elston and Hulls are paying their own way, then losing them doesn’t open up a spot. What I’m saying is your scholarship assumptions may be off. You should consult the chart that Alex made, it’s very informative

  • Evansville Hoosier

    If Elston and Hulls are paying their own way, then losing them doesn’t open up a spot. What I’m saying is your scholarship assumptions may be off. You should consult the chart that Alex made, it’s very informative

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Nope, it hasn’t, not unless it’s changed in the past few months.  In fact, Michael Bradley (UConn) had volunteered to give up his scholarship just last year so Andre Drummond could play on scholarship for the Huskies.  That decision was not challenged by the NCAA because it was legal.  However, UConn received a lot of bad press for “forcing” a player to go off scholarship so Drummond elected to pay his own way since he planned to be a NBA player soon anyway.

    So, the rule obviously hasn’t changed unless it’s changed in the past 6 months but hasn’t been announced yet.  I’m not sure where you’re getting the rules info?  Can you link to something confirming your source because all I can find from the NCAA and similar stories says it’s still okay for a player to give up their scholly.  Plus, it would only make sense, since scholarships are 1-year agreements.  Why would a coach be allowed to pull a scholarship, ala Larry Brown, while a player wouldn’t be allowed to give it up voluntarily?  That wouldn’t make a bit of sense?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joshobie Josh O’Brien

    I’m verifying the source. I’ll come back and either site it, or eat crow. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/joshobie Josh O’Brien

    I’m verifying the source. I’ll come back and either site it, or eat crow. :)

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

     Thanks man.

  • Andrew

    Jacob Jaacks.

  • SCHoosier

    Maybe..but ‘Nova..being a Catholic school is very tied into the catholic school leagues in the DC and MD areas..ditto Georgetown which I think is our main competitor for Anya. Both kids parents could drive to Philly or DC to see them play…..the hallowed ground of Hoosier-dom..is another story. I still like our chances.

  • Brian Kelton

    They would have to change the way Scholarships are done to change this. Scholarships are on a year to year basis. The school chooses if they want to renew a players scholarship or not.UL Kyle Kuric did this last year to free up a spot.There is not anything the NCAA Can do to stop this unless they change they way scholarships are made since they cannot give them on a multi year basis. If a kid wants to pay and free up a spot all the school has to do is not renew it. 

  • SCHoosier

    Agree..but this kid puts the ball ont he floor to get his shot..CC used screens and the motion offense…but boy would I like to see Calbert work with this kid. Magic!

  • SCHoosier

    Agree..but this kid puts the ball ont he floor to get his shot..CC used screens and the motion offense…but boy would I like to see Calbert work with this kid. Magic!

  • HoosierHawz

    The only rule is that he can not get another type of scholarship (academic scholarship).  So if he gives up his scholarship he has to pay his own way, even if his grades are good enough to get an academic scholarship.

  • Noah Cook

    I think we have a 90% chance of landing him.  When is he making his college decision? 

  • shime

    Kyle Kuric gave up his scholarship last year at Louisville . Unless it happened a couple of months ago your source is wrong.

  • SCHoosier

    Miller had a line drive jumper..this kid is much softer with his form and touch.

  • SCHoosier

    I don’t see any point guard 5-10 leaving for the pro’s after two years.

  • iulineman

    That was great. One of my favorite moments in IU basketball.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I was pretty sure I was correct.  Thanks

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

     That’s what I thought.  Thanks.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

     I’ve looked at the chart.  You’re right.  If one of those guys pays there own way then they don’t free up a scholly but it’s still likely that more underclassmen over the next few years leave early for the NBA so there will still be good reason to use the oversign each year.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

     I’ve looked at the chart.  You’re right.  If one of those guys pays there own way then they don’t free up a scholly but it’s still likely that more underclassmen over the next few years leave early for the NBA so there will still be good reason to use the oversign each year.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joshobie Josh O’Brien

    I’m still waiting on confirmation of my source, who knows how long I’ll be waiting. But I do know that Kuric was a different situation, in that he came in as a preferred walk-on and not a scholarship player.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    But Michael Bradley wasn’t a walk-on.  He was a scholarship player that even redshirted his freshman year and gained strength to play the next year.  Being a redshirt doesn’t effect your scholarship situation.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    But Michael Bradley wasn’t a walk-on.  He was a scholarship player that even redshirted his freshman year and gained strength to play the next year.  Being a redshirt doesn’t effect your scholarship situation.

  • IURob1997

    I live in Louisville and one of the Smiths, I can’t remember now if it was Chris or Russ, came of scholarship because their brother is JR Smith in the NBA who paid their way also just like Kuric coming off scholarship

  • 323SGrant

    From one E’ville guy to another, I used a little hyperbole in that statement, but others on here agreed. Happy to get Robinson if he comes.

  • hoosiernation

    It’s official… Stanford Robinson to IU

  • 323SGrant

    He just made it! It’s Indiana!

  • MitchellBMitch

     He just did…and he is a Hoosier!

  • MitchellBMitch

     He just did…and he is a Hoosier!

  • IU1987

    And you can put on the board!! I GR Anya is right behind him after his visit. Count on it so all you people on here that have nothing to do, but worry about scholarship numbers stress a little more :) 

  • Kenneth234

    I love it!  Nice pick up!  Now its time to lock up Anya, and call the class finnished.  I’ll worry about the oversign situation for 2013 after next year! 

  • diperdandy

    Ik robinson was a good pick up… but now for the next year we will have so many shooting guards and small fowards… when we reakky need a point guard, right? so who do we want as our last commitment?

  • Evansville Hoosier

    To be honest, I heard the comparisons as well, so I couldn’t really tell if you were being ever so slightly facetious. That being said, I didn’t completely dismiss it because I saw something like that on twitter from a recruiting analyst. “DeMarcus Croaker is one of those guys that’s ready to shoot up recruiting boards!”. That being said, I really like that we got a commitment from Stan the Man, he seems like a good guy and even better player (with a ton of potential) who is really excited to be a Hoosier. A great pick up for us.

    Next up… Beejay Anya? Semi Ojeleye? Marcus Lee? I guess we’ll see.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    He’s about 6′, but I agree, I hope he stays awhile…

  • Evansville Hoosier

    You were right to like our chances, he’s committed!!! Anya seems like he’s next from what he’s saying on twitter. Looks like he realizes just how happy and excited Stan is to be a Hoosier… And Stan said he’d be recruiting him!

  • 323SGrant

    Absolutely. Very pleased to have Mr. Robinson on board.

  • cubbies

    Not even close to 6′. 5’10 is near enough

  • http://twitter.com/Jake_Lort Jake Lorton

    Anya! Gotta get those big guys to do well in the B1G.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joshobie Josh O’Brien

    I’m gonna call my crow officially eaten. Fingers crossed this all works out and we keep the team intact.

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