That’s A Wrap: Stanford Robinson

  • 03/24/2014 12:43 pm in

Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2013-2014 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Stanford Robinson.

Robinson (32 games): 6.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.0 apg, 44.8% FG, 18.8% 3PFG, 60.0% FT in 16.9 minutes per game.

Heading into the start of the 2013-2014 season, it was apparent that Indiana would need its freshmen to contribute significant minutes after it lost more than 75 percent of its scoring from just one season earlier. And one of those players that the Hoosiers looked to rely on was 6-foot-4 Stanford Robinson, a guard out of Landover, Md.

And boy, did Robinson contribute.

From the first time Indiana fans saw Robinson’s game as a Hoosier — a get-to-the rim, fearless type — they came away impressed. That first impression came during the annual Hoosier Hysteria scrimmage, but in the waning seconds he injured his right knee and had to be helped off the court.

He would miss the Hoosiers’ opening exhibition against Southern Indiana and much of the preseason practice slate with that bruised knee, which slowed his contributions toward the beginning of the season. In the non-conference, he averaged 4.8 points in just 10 minutes per game.

But as the season went on and Robinson got more and more comfortable within the Hoosiers’ offense, the freshman guard gained confidence with his game. Robinson became known as one of the Hoosiers’ best players at getting to the basket and finishing, notably scoring a then-career-high 13 points off 6-of-10 shooting in their 75-72 upset over Wisconsin on Jan. 14.

He would lead the Hoosiers’ regulars in drawing fouls (an average 5.3 every 40 minutes of game time) and set a career-high again in the Hoosiers’ 93-86 win over Iowa, in which he netted 17 points off 5-of-6 shooting and 7-of-10 free throws.

By the end of the season, Robinson was a regular part of the rotation — he went on to start nine games — and proved to be a valuable slasher on a team that didn’t have many to begin with. Robinson saw his shooting from the free throw stripe improve as the season moved along, too, from 50 percent in the first 21 games (26-of-52) to a 73.7 percent rate (28-for-38) in the final 11 games.

Of course, all was not smooth sailing for Robinson this season. His turnover rate of 22.0 was far greater than his assist rate of 12.6 — a team-wide problem this season — and his 3-point shooting still leaves much to be desired at just a 3-of-16 mark in the 32 games played.

Bottom line: Despite a season that started with injury, Robinson battled and forged his way into Indiana’s rotation as a freshman that was known for his fearlessness around the basket and a play-maker on a team that struggled to find many. Robinson showed a track of improvement throughout the season, and though he certainly has things to work on over the offseason, it was indeed a promising freshman season for the Maryland native.

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  • drewheck

    I read the headline and I thought the worst thank god its contents only a recap

  • HoosierHysteria5

    I was right there with you. My heart literally dropped, haha!

  • PV Mike

    Yep, Scary headline after Alex stating 2 are leaving.

  • Hoosjer

    PV Mike…which two are leaving…NV and AE or is there another I have not heard about yet.

  • HoosierGrampy

    He reminds me of Jim Thomas…Isaiah, Randy, Ray and Landon got a lot of ink, but JT could kill you if you lost him on the court.

  • hoosierfan2336

    Get this kid a jumpshot and he could be scary.

  • KmanCRK

    Stanford was my favorite this year, due to his fearlessness and tough D. As a freshman he consistently slowed down the best player on the other team. Great defender with huge upside potential. From what I hear about his work ethic, the sky is the limit.

  • drewheck

    Started to show one a bit towards seasons end

  • Tharnid Wanderer

    Whew….that is all I have to say

  • drewheck

    Jeremy has a meeting with coach to talk about his future role sometime today

  • WhatsUpKnight

    i love the kid too, and he’s got a great shot to get a heck of a lot better.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    SR was one of the bright spots of an overall dismal season. the kid may not be a great shooter (yet), but i’m amazed at how he finds ways to get to the rim. and he showed flashes of being a nifty passer. and he plays like he’s got a big pair, which can’t be said about several of his teammates.

    i have faith his shooting will improve over the summer, but the great thing for him about next year’s team is he won’t be depended upon as a perimeter threat. he can focus on his strengths, and hopefully the lane will be far less congested with the arrival of a couple serious marksmen.

  • Dr Dave

    As the season that was wound down, I found my self daydreaming about what could have been to soothe the pain. My favorite fantasy was having Victor stay and, along with Stan and Yogi, make the three-man weave look like an open license to assault the rim.

  • drewheck

    Maybe a name Chang from thas a wrap to at seasons end or something

  • dwdkc

    Good comparison; haven’t thought of him in a long time but dead on. Like Stan’s game a lot, with an improving shot he’ll be a beast

  • Hoosier Hall

    Great freshman year by any standard. Gotta believe we will have some success with a 3 guard lineup of Yogi, Stan and JBJ with RJ being able to sub any one of them out.

  • PBzeer

    It was good to see someone playing significantly better at the end of the season. As you said, one of the few bright spots.

  • Crimson&CremeFraiche

    I love Stan’s potential. He is really fun to watch and has great instincts. He is really good at defending pick and rolls. It seems like he always gets over the sceens and stays with his man. With some hard work over the summer he could be a star.

  • SCHoosier

    Glad that Stan is a Hoosier. Can really be a piece to the Hoosiers success puzzle. Robinson is fearless going to the bucket and really improved his FT shooting (an absolute necessity) toward the end of the year. He can defend but needs to learn to force the offensive player in his weakest direction. Stan also needs to develop his jump shot and most of all stop those damn soft weak passes on the perimeter that led to many of his TO’s. Once we get shooters to open up the lanes..Stan should find it easier getting to the rim. He too often drove right into traffic when opponents packed the lane. Good kid..look for him to have a bright future for IU.

  • SCHoosier

    IU should be able to space the floor better with Blackmon and Rob J shooting the three. Opponents won’t be able to pack it in against drives like they did this year..look for Stan to have a very good soph year.

  • yimyames

    Forgot about the “That’s a Wrap” series at the end of the season. Seeing this headline on twitter with all the others made my heart stop for a second. whew, go Stan!

  • IUBizmark

    I don’t know if anyone will ever be Vic, but Stan’s drive and finishing ability show glimmers of Vic’s game. Maybe it’s wishful thinking, but I’m hopeful he can eventually finish like that at the rim. Stan was a lot of fun to watch.

  • deebo

    Don’t be surprised if Johnson ends up starting over stan. Love me some Stan though.

  • Hoosier Hall

    I really like Robert Johnson. I have this feeling he could be on a rocket trajectory. Something about his flow and array of skills just seems like he will be very valuable.

  • deebo

    I agree totally RJ is gonna be stud.

  • deebo

    Yeah I agree totally RJ is gonna be a stud.

  • SilverAtlanta

    I thought he was by far the most glimpses of improvement from start to finish, love his energy!