Robinson leads Findlay Prep at Flyin’ to the Hoop

122412auKETTERING, Ohio — The 11th annual Good Samaritan Flyin’ to the Hoop Basketball Invitational kicked off Friday with a double header that featured IU signee Stanford Robinson and Findlay Prep (Nev.) in the opener. This premier basketball event brings several national powers to suburban Dayton each January to compete amongst each other and various top Ohio schools. Past participants include the likes of Rudy Gay, J.R. Smith and Brandon Jennings, as well as more recent standouts such as Brandon Knight, Anthony Davis and Jared Sullinger.

Findlay Prep, the top-ranked high school team according to USA Today, made a stop in Southwest Ohio before heading to Springfield, Mass. to face #2 Montverde Academy (Fla.) on Monday. The 21-0 Pilots feature a number of D1-bound seniors, including Robinson, Nigel Williams-Goss (Washington), Allerik Freeman (UCLA) and Christian Wood (UNLV). Uncommitted forward Gavin Schilling also drew the likes of Tom Izzo, Tubby Smith and Ohio State assistant Jeff Boals to Trent Arena on Friday. IU assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Kenny Johnson was on hand as well, seated first row for both the Findlay Prep game and also La Lumiere’s later victory against Huntington Prep (W. Va.).

The Pilots were significantly bigger and more talented than Thurgood Marshall, Ohio’s #1 Division II team, and went inside early, with the UNLV-bound Wood scoring 10 first quarter points. Robinson played off the ball and mostly was standing outside the 3-point line in the opening period. The offense continued to run through Robinson’s teammates in the second quarter, but he had one particularly impressive second quarter play, in which he slashed to the bucket and sliced through two players to drop in a layup.

Findlay Prep came out of the locker room at halftime with a 34-22 lead before Robinson played his most impressive basketball. The four-star recruit, who played rather well defensively, began to fill up the stat sheet midway through the third quarter just as Thurgood Marshall cut the lead down to seven. In a period of no more than two minutes, Robinson hit two of three 3-pointers, had a steal and subsequent assist in transition, and he later exploded to the bucket on a fast break and made a layup while being fouled.

After 10 points in the third quarter, Robinson padded his stats a bit more in the early parts of the fourth, despite no more points. Findlay ultimately won the game 71-47, with Robinson posting an impressive stat line in 22.5 minutes of action: 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block. He finished 5-of-11 from the floor and 4-of-7 at the free throw line.

Following the game, Inside the Hall spoke with Robinson, the #58 ranked player according to ESPN.com, as well as Findlay Prep assistant and nine-year NBA veteran Jerome Williams, a.k.a. the “Junkyard Dog” or “JYD”.

Describe your game to someone that hasn’t seen you play.

“I’m a guard who likes to put it on the floor, get to the rim when possible. And I like to catch and shoot.”

Should fans get used to seeing efforts like what you displayed in the third quarter?

“If I keep working and working hard, putting in the same work that I’m putting in now, then they’ll definitely see that.”

What did you think of the many fans in the crowd wearing IU apparel?

“It was fun watching people in the stands from IU because me being out on the West, they don’t get a lot of time to see me.”

16 points is a lot on this team, isn’t it?

“Yeah, 16 points is a lot on this team. I’m kind of used to it because, you know, (Team) Takeover is kind of like the same, you know, playing around a lot of talent. You really don’t get a lot of points, but I just try my best to fill up the stat sheet as much as possible.”

What type of numbers have you been putting up this year?

“They kind of alter, vary from different game. We’ve got so many scorers. I’m just out here trying to play as hard as I can… My high (in a game this season) is 23 or 24.”

You showed some range. Is that part of your game that’s developing?

“The range is developing. I’ve been with “JYD,” players on the team, just … just trying to improve my game. Shooting is a big part of it.”

You played well defensively, talk about your defense.

“My on-ball defense has progressed because, when I first came I liked to reach a lot and gamble and take high risks. Coach Simon just got into me, got into my head, ‘don’t reach.’”

How has the move to Findlay Prep from Paul VI helped your game?

“Strength-wise I’ve become a lot stronger, mentally stronger, just being pushed to another level and getting past that brick wall. Coming out here playing against new players, I’m just having that mindset that I’ve got to pick it up, I’ve got to show him who I am.”

How about Findlay Prep’s national championship potential?

“The reason I came out here is because I wanted to show people I was a winner. If we get this national championship as a team, that will also show that Stan Robinson is always a winner and he knows how to win and that’s what I want people to know.”

Talk about your upcoming schedule.

“We’ve got Montverde on Monday and then a couple games back on the West. Montverde is like the really big game that we’re all looking forward to playing. There’s been a lot of trash talking from them, so we just going to see on Monday.”

How has IU looked so far?

“We’re doing pretty good. We only have two losses. It’s better to get the losses early, so when we get to the tournament, we’ll know what to expect, what we’ve got to work on.”

How often have you been in touch with Tom Crean and Kenny Johnson?

“Me and Johnson, we actually talk every day. If we don’t talk, I’ll call him or he’ll call me. Me and Tom Crean, we don’t really talk a lot because of the busy schedules. Me and Johnson, we have a close relationship. Me and Coach Crean, we will probably talk more after the season.”

Have you been in touch with any of the IU players or fellow recruits, such as Troy Williams?

“Me and Victor, we always talk, because we’re like brothers, so when I’m home and he’s home, we’ll hang out and things like that because he doesn’t live that far. But like Troy and somebody, they kind of like the enemy right now. I don’t really talk to the enemy during high school season.”

Talk about your relationship with Victor Oladipo.

“Vic, we grew up together. We played in the same high school conference. We played against each other. I’ve always looked up to Victor, he’s always been my role model. Just to be able to follow in his path, it’ll be fun. He’s doing a tremendous job at Indiana, hopefully he keeps it up and maybe he’s in the pros.”

Have you been a recruiter yourself with some of the D.C. kids?

“Yeah, we’re actually recruiting Bryant Crawford. Me and Bryant, we’re actually close. He’s another Takeover kid. I’m in his ear a lot, as much as possible.”

Talk about adding Noah Vonleh to the 2013 recruiting class.

“That’s a tremendous pickup because Noah is a versatile player. I think he’ll fill in the spot for Cody Zeller when he leaves. He’s going to do big things.”

What do you think about being named a McDonald’s All American nominee?

“It means a lot. Just to know that I’m being recognized, being an underrated player. There’s like 800 players on the list, so I just know that it ain’t done yet. I’ve got to keep working hard and show people.”

What would it mean to be named to the actual McDonald’s All American game?

“To make the game, that would be big. That’s been one of my dreams. To make that game, that’s like a dream come true.”

Did you change your jersey from ‘2’ to ‘22’?

“Yeah, I changed my jersey number. First, I was 2. It was a guy from D.C., Mo Creek probably talked about him. His name was Jamar (Board) and he was real close to me. He actually brought me up in the basketball world. He passed a way, so I changed his number to honor him.”

Findlay Prep Assistant Jerome “Junkyard Dog” Williams

How has Stan’s game developed since he’s arrived at Findlay Prep?

“It’s been a great transition for him. He came in as a very explosive guard, very high basketball IQ. He’s doing a better job on defense and that’s really going to separate him from being a starter at the next level. Right now, just improving his perimeter defense – and he’s doing better, he’s doing well, and I think that the sky’s the limit for him. He’s a very talented player, very crafty with the basketball in transition. He’s going to do wonders at Indiana.”

Any player comparisons?

“‘Show Me Love’ is basically… he’s got a little bit of Steve Francis in his game, a little explosive. I’d compare him to that.”

Coming into a new program and playing with so many other top players, how has Stan been as a teammate?

“He’s a great teammate. He’s a great teammate.”

Jordan Cohen is a former men’s basketball columnist for The Indiana Daily Student.

  • SCHoosier

    I think I’d pay something to attend an “open gym” in B-town next summer when all these new guys are competing. Talent potential being assembled is really outstanding.. TC is gonna have a real competition and his starters ..actually WILL run 7-8 deep…(altho inexperience will be a challenge.).

  • JerryCT

    Except for Vonleh the college game is such a step up in speed that at first I do not expect as much from the frosh compared to the guys that have at least a year under them. That said I believe this is Crean;s best recruiting class

  • HoosierTrav

    The 2013 class is one of the deepest pools of talent that I’ve witnessed in some time. Kids like Stan and Troy, who are ranked in 40-60 range, in other years, would be ranked as top 15-25 players. There are gonna be A LOT of misses from the scouting services from this class (Luke Fischer). There are every year but this years class especially. Stan Robinson is a Victor Oladipo type in terms of his work ethic, vibrant personality, and athletic ability in transition and at the rim. Robinson has the potential to be better than Vic bc he can shoot the rock at a good clip and its developing rapidly. I’m gonna get bashed for this most likely but here goes…. Wait till you see the leap this team takes when Stans length and athleticism moves into the 2 and Jordy (top 3 all time Hoosiers) moves on to a pro career. This team D will be relentless and his defensive prowess will REALLY magnify our ability to get out and run. He won’t be a defensive liability at all. There will be a learning curve. for those who haven’t been following this kid as thoroughly as others, who aren’t sure whether he will contribute right away, just know that this kid is going to be ready for the college game. He’s a future pro in my opinion.

  • HoosierTrav

    The 2013 class is one of the deepest pools of talent that I’ve witnessed in some time. Kids like Stan and Troy, who are ranked in 40-60 range, in other years, would be ranked as top 15-25 players. There are gonna be A LOT of misses from the scouting services from this class (Luke Fischer). There are every year but this years class especially. Stan Robinson is a Victor Oladipo type in terms of his work ethic, vibrant personality, and athletic ability in transition and at the rim. Robinson has the potential to be better than Vic bc he can shoot the rock at a good clip and its developing rapidly. I’m gonna get bashed for this most likely but here goes…. Wait till you see the leap this team takes when Stans length and athleticism moves into the 2 and Jordy (top 3 all time Hoosiers) moves on to a pro career. This team D will be relentless and his defensive prowess will REALLY magnify our ability to get out and run. He won’t be a defensive liability at all. There will be a learning curve. for those who haven’t been following this kid as thoroughly as others, who aren’t sure whether he will contribute right away, just know that this kid is going to be ready for the college game. He’s a future pro in my opinion.

  • SCHoosier

    Agree Jerry..we learned something about exaggerated expectations this year re: recruits.

  • IUMIKE1

    Don’t disagree with any of your comment and the number of people that comment on here that actually deserve to get ” bashed ” are small. Like you said in your last sentence, it’s your opinion, and everybody is entitled to theirs, even if 99% of pUKe fans are wrong about 99% of the things they think and say. Just had to throw that disclaimer out there ;>)

    Think it will be interesting to see if Stan moves into JH’s spot right off the bat or if Crean finally makes the move to start WS. While Stan probably doesn’t have the hops that VO has (don’t need our other hand to count those that do) but like you say his shot is probably already a little bit better and his handle is for sure already better than VO’s was when he arrived on campus. I would say that for the most part we won’t lose much, if any, defensively speaking, when he steps in at the 2. Maybe a little at first but by the time B1G rolls around we’re back at least even again. I’ll go ahead & throw out another disclaimer while I’m at it. JH is one of my all time favorite Hoosiers and one would be hard pressed to find a lot of people that appreciate what he’s done for IU more than I do. No IU bball fan “wants” to believe that JH has these shortcomings that he has no control over cause he’s just that hard of a worker and cause he epitomizes exactly what, we as fans, feel like IU bball is about. There will probably be no shortage of people that will tell me how wrong I am as well when I say that I don’t feel like it will be very long at all till we are at a point where Stan is giving us as much as JH is now as in overall game and making us better as a team. Crean knows more about bball than me but as far as a pro career goes I just don’t see him being drafted or even making a team NBA wise. If he is going to get payed to play bball it is going to be overseas somewhere and something tells me that he will choose to move on with his life rather than do that. I hope he does give it a go overseas though cause I think it would be interesting, to say the least, to see how he does.

  • marcusgresham

    May have been subliminal, but I like that went all caps with “WILL” because he’s going to be the emotional leader of these guys.
    He’s smart enough to recognize what each guy needs to do to improve and brash enough to get in faces if needed to express it.

  • marcusgresham

    I see Sheehey starting next year, but not really in Hulls’ position. He’s more of a 3 than a 2.

  • HoosierGrad07

    Totally agree. I’ve said this many times since the summer but next year’s team (w Oladipo) may not start the year ranked Top 10 but by March I believe they will be better than this years team. They will have so much more ability to rebound and defend even if the team shooting percentage may not be as high. But you don’t have to shoot 50% as a team to win a title, shoot 44%-46% but defend and rebound the hell out of everyone and that’s a winning formula.

    Thankfully this year’s team will have a chance to win a title but I believe next years version might end up with a better chance come tourney time.

  • Kenneth234

    I think that there is quite the possibility that Robinson, Vonleh, and Williams will be very near if not ready for the college level based on the level of competition that the face regularly on their high school team. These three players are competing for some of the best high school basketball programs that do not shy away from the top competition around the country. Plus, through AAU, I am sure they all have seen top level talent regularly for their age groups.

    But to be clear, I don’t expect the three to replace returning veterans in the starting lineup aside from Vonleh, however, if in the event that Oladipo, and Zeller are gone next year with Elston, Hulls, Creek, and Watford, certainly starting positions can be won over some of this seasons freshman class.

    I’m hoping this is our starting lineup next season:

    PG Yogi, SG Oladipo, SF Sheehey, PF Vonleh, C Zeller

    If Zeller and Oladipo make the jump, then perhaps it would look more like this:

    PG Yogi, SG Robinson, SF Hallowell, PF Williams, C Vonleh

    There is a considerable difference between the two lineups, and personally I am not sure if the second is a top 20 team at the end of the season. Unless Vonleh is capable of exceeding even the wildest of expectations. So every night I pray that Zeller and Oladipo find a reason to return for another year because I do not want to take that sort of step backwards from where we currently are.

  • Kenneth234

    I think that there is quite the possibility that Robinson, Vonleh, and Williams will be very near if not ready for the college level based on the level of competition that the face regularly on their high school team. These three players are competing for some of the best high school basketball programs that do not shy away from the top competition around the country. Plus, through AAU, I am sure they all have seen top level talent regularly for their age groups.

    But to be clear, I don’t expect the three to replace returning veterans in the starting lineup aside from Vonleh, however, if in the event that Oladipo, and Zeller are gone next year with Elston, Hulls, Creek, and Watford, certainly starting positions can be won over some of this seasons freshman class.

    I’m hoping this is our starting lineup next season:

    PG Yogi, SG Oladipo, SF Sheehey, PF Vonleh, C Zeller

    If Zeller and Oladipo make the jump, then perhaps it would look more like this:

    PG Yogi, SG Robinson, SF Hallowell, PF Williams, C Vonleh

    There is a considerable difference between the two lineups, and personally I am not sure if the second is a top 20 team at the end of the season. Unless Vonleh is capable of exceeding even the wildest of expectations. So every night I pray that Zeller and Oladipo find a reason to return for another year because I do not want to take that sort of step backwards from where we currently are.

  • http://www.facebook.com/doug.wilson.9404 Doug Wilson

    Australia Basketball League could sure use his services. The ABL is short of pure shooters. Put I’m affraid even Hulls’ price tag woud be out of most teams price range.

  • IUMIKE1

    If he is determined to make a go of playing professionally, as in eventually making it to the NBA, he could use that league to show them what he could do against other professional players.

    I remember reading a comment or two from someone that said they were in Australia. Is that you ?

  • IUMIKE1

    If he is determined to make a go of playing professionally, as in eventually making it to the NBA, he could use that league to show them what he could do against other professional players.

    I remember reading a comment or two from someone that said they were in Australia. Is that you ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/doug.wilson.9404 Doug Wilson

    Yep, live out in Perth, fastest growing city. But I am bored with with any Pro ball they play here. They need players who are goimg to play defence. Hulls would be a rock star in the ABL.

  • IUMIKE1

    I guess you get the prize for the IU fan with the most miles between them and Bloomington. What is the feeling about Exum around there ? I know he was in not too long ago to watch an IU game and thought maybe there was some news about which way he is leaning that is not making it into the bball news around here.

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