2013-2014 Player Profile: Stanford Robinson

  • 10/01/2013 8:10 am in

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With the start of college basketball season on the horizon, we’ll be taking a long look at the conference at large as well as Indiana’s roster over the next month. Today, we look at freshman Stanford Robinson.

Following the departures of Victor Oladipo, Remy Abell and Maurice Creek this past offseason, Indiana has been left thin at shooting guard. Along with it, 77 percent of the Hoosiers’ 3-point production from 2012-2013 is gone.

Enter freshman Stanford Robinson, a 6-foot-4 Landover, Md., native, who is the Hoosiers’ only scholarship player at the position this year.

What that means is that Robinson could get on the court early as an Indiana Hoosier, filling a void left by those multiple departures.

Where he will immediately be able to help is the slashing game, as Robinson is widely known for his athleticism and his ability to get to the net. Indiana might need Robinson for his shooting though, more than anything.

Robinson is regarded as a streaky shooter from the outside, and he knows that. At Indiana’s media day, he said improving his jump shot has been his biggest priority this past offseason.

“I feel like my jump shot has improved tremendously,” Robinson said. “Coach Crean, he’s been telling me to jump into my shots because I’m a rhythm shooter, so getting my left-right together has helped me with my jump shot a lot. I’ve been beating a couple of my teammates in shooting games and things like that, too.

“Also I’ve been keeping my dribble out in front, keeping it tight, staying low. I’ve improved my game a lot.”

Since he arrived on campus, Robinson has bulked up to 193 pounds with the help of IU’s strength and conditioning coach, Je’Ney Jackson. With competition for playing time much more intense this season, that weight gain has helped, Robinson said.

“It’s a battle with everything we do; no matter if it’s weights, sprints, conditioning or on-court drills,” Robinson said. “It’s always a competition, and I think that will make me ready for the season.”

Bottom line: Indiana has only three guards on scholarship this season, and other than Robinson, both are only 6-feet tall. The height advantage could help Robinson find immediate playing time at shooting guard this season, and he might play point guard at times, as well. He already has no problem getting to the basket and can make plays from his slashing ability, but should he find consistency in his outside shooting game, Robinson could prove to be a valuable asset on this season’s squad.

Quotable: “He came a long way. Stan loves basketball. A lot of guys, once they get to a certain level, become almost mini celebrities and they end up loving that part of it more than the game. I don’t think that’s happened with Stan. He doesn’t need somebody to drag him up there [to the weight room]. I don’t think he’s a buddy workout guy. I think he’s got an idea in his head, ‘This is what coach wants, this is what I gotta do. Coach says I need to do this, this is what I gotta do.’ He’s driven.” — Robinson’s Findlay (Nev.) Prep coach, Todd Simon, now an assistant at UNLV

Previously: Troy WilliamsCollin Hartman

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  • Ya, mon.

    This may not be the year to hang another banner, but these are the types of players who will eventually get it done.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Shooting guard appears to be one of the biggest question marks in a season that could be full of them. There has been some speculation about how Will Sheehey will be used and whether or not he would deputize at shooting guard for some of his minutes. I found this recent quote from Tom Crean (credit to Dustin Dopirak for the Herald Times for this interview) to be quite telling:

    “Will came here with a great mind for offensive rebounding. He’s going to
    play more of a swing guard. There’s going to be more two spot for him
    this year. You really look at our team. We have four guards, and you
    have to count him as one of those guards. Last year we had six when
    you’re looking at scholarship guys. But at the same time, he’s gotta be
    phenomenal on the boards. You know, when a guy that is that athletic, he
    can’t get caught in the middle ground, no man’s land. He’s gotta be at
    the board using his athleticism, but at the same time when it’s not
    there, sprinting back to be a defensive stopper. So we’re going to
    expect a lot of him. We’re going to try to take his athleticism
    abilities to another level, but his efficiency as a player is going to
    be paramount.”

    Tom Crean is clearly expecting Will Sheehey to handle the 2-guard spot for at least some of the game. I imagine that lineup would be something like Yogi, Will, Williams, Hollowell and Vonleh. I question whether or not Sheehey can stay out of foul trouble if he is guarding a quick 2-guard on the perimeter for a long period of time but that type of lineup would certainly be lengthy and could create some real matchup issues for the opponent.

  • Every IU fan

    He’s the next Victor Olidipo!!!

  • dtfreed

    That was a good article on the whole team. I really think EG is being over looked at shooting guard. And where will AE be playing, or CH? both 6-6 shooters who can rebound a little and pass. Almost seems they have 6

  • CreamandCrimson

    I don’t think they know where Austin Etherington is, it really depends on health. I was pretty impressed with him (albeit usually in blowout, garbage time) last season before his injury and I think he is capable of producing if given a chance. That being said, I’d be surprised if either Etherington or Hartman are quick enough to play shooting guard. I would agree with you on Gordon and I could see him getting him starts at the 2-guard because of his experience and defensive ability. So, scholarship “guards” would be Yogi, Robinson, Gordon and Sheehey (according to Coach Crean). I don’t think Etherington or Hartman fit in to their plans at guard so I guess that leaves them at small forward or small ball, stretch 4’s.

  • CreamandCrimson

    If you’re going to troll, at least spell his name right.

  • sarge

    very similar on paper except stan is southpaw style

  • jmfriedman

    He is gonna be better than people are thinking. Has been forgotten a little bit with all the other recruits getting more pub….

  • mk

    If you even read the comments people write no one is claiming to find the next Oladipo, because you won’t find a replica of that guy. What people are hoping is that our incoming recruits can match their work ethic to their physical talents, like Victor did and become productive players for the program.

    There are two scenarios here:

    1. you are a fan for a different team – if so its pretty sad you have to troll another teams blog
    2. you are a strange IU fan who thinks he knows everything about basketball and therefore should do all the coaching, recruiting, commenting, press conferences, articles, ect. and that based on your opinions you could easily lead the program to championships year in and year out.

    either way we are starting to figure out that you are just a weird guy, and we all feel bad for you.

  • dwdkc

    I think it’s really more a matter of who you can guard. AE and CH may not be quick enough to guard most other 2’s as well as Crean would like. Even Will is marginal because of propensity for foul trouble, but no doubt this has been a point of emphasis for him and you can be sure he’s worked on it. I think how all of them are used depends more on the defensive matchups.

  • Dee McDonald

    Crean used AE sometimes last year when he went zone on defense. He slid AE into the 5 spot on offense and created some problems with matchups and got some open looks for him. I’ll be curious if he tries to use him for short bursts this year as a stretch-5 as well. The biggest question would be defensively how would they cope with that, but if they go zone periodically, I think it masks it pretty well. That was my observation at least.

  • Dylan Young

    Isn’t Collin Hartman a shooting guard? I don’t think we are as thin at guard as this article would have you think. Jonny Marlin could be a surprise this season as well.

  • SCHoosier

    Huge opportunity for Stan to be first off the bench at either guard position. He is big and strong..can board..get to the hole and defend. Gonna be a major factor if IU has success this year IMO.

  • Walton

    It’s been mentioned before that Stan is more outspoken than most others on the team. If its true it should help him see playing time. Crean is always looking for vocal leaders on the court.

  • Kenneth234

    I think he is going to be pretty dependable this year. I think expectations got lowered a bit last year because he went out to play for the team in Vegas with, what 7 division 1 players. One of which was a ball holding on to point guard, who delegated Robinson to be a complimentary player. In my opinion that helps him transition to the college level, and into a supporting role much better than many higher ranked recruits who shouldered the load for their high school teams and will now have to operate as someone who is not “the guy”.

  • Remy Willing and Abell

    This year will be interesting to say the least . I believe that this is CTC’s best recruiting class . Every one of them bring something different and have a lot of upside. I don’t want to even speculate what the lineups will be . I think it will take many games before Crean figures out what will work the best . And then I think there will be change due to opponents as we’ll . Stan seems like a blue collar type player that will do it all . I’m thinking his defense is what might get him the minutes .

  • longtimehoosier

    I hope the couple of teammates in shooting contests aren’t Hanner and Peter. I really look forward to seeing Stanford’s game.

  • hullsfor3

    Amen to that! You said it! These guys will eventually get it done!