Montreal rewind: Stanford Robinson

  • 08/21/2014 1:39 pm in

Welcome to “Montreal rewind,” our player-by-player recap from Indiana’s five-game tour of Canada. Today: Stanford Robinson. Previously: Nick Zeisloft, Devin Davis, Troy Williams, Yogi Ferrell, Robert Johnson.

While much of the focus and discussion up in Canada was on IU’s retooled backcourt  featuring a pair of freshman sharpshooters in James Blackmon Jr. and Robert Johnson, sophomore guard Stanford Robinson quietly put together a strong trip north of the border.

In five games as a reserve, the 6-foot-3 guard averaged 12 points, 2.4 assists and 1.4 steals in 17 minutes per game. He shot the ball well (59.7 eFG%) and got to the foul line a team-high 28 times.

And he also unveiled a new wrinkle in his game: He is now shooting right-handed. After struggling with his perimeter shot as a freshman, Robinson has been working on making the switch this offseason and in IU’s loss to Ottawa, he took and made his first right-handed 3-point attempt.

“It’s something he’s been working on,” Tom Crean explained. “It’s a little more natural for him. He’s a little but more of a naturally right-handed player. If you look at it, it’s much smoother coming off his guide hand. It’s all about his guide hand.

“A lot of times his right hand flicks and when he shoots it with the left, the right hand comes inside of it. When he shoots it with his right, the guide hand is staying – I wouldn’t say picture-perfect – but it’s getting there.”

While shoring up his perimeter game can only help Robinson and Indiana long term, the majority of his value will come from his ability to drive the ball and defend.

The fact that he led Indiana in free throw attempts over the five-game exhibition slate suggests he was as aggressive as anyone on the roster in going to the basket.

Robinson has also put on about 12 pounds since the beginning of his freshman season, which should help him continue to get to the rim and also be able to defend in one the nation’s most physical leagues.

And as one of the senior members of Indiana’s team in terms of experience, Robinson believes the trip will only aid him and his teammates in getting a head start and building chemistry for the upcoming season.

“These guys really push me and each other to be better as a person,” he said. “We work on getting each other better for the sake of the team. There was a real brotherhood hanging out and I thought that also helped what we did on the court. You could help each other and it wasn’t personal.”

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  • OhioHoosier

    Top candidate to be sixth man of the year in the B1G? I have a feeling that will be his role for us.

  • inLinE6

    His defense may put him back into the starting lineup in the middle of the season. I don’t see another solid perimeter defender yet, besides Yogi.

  • SCHoosier

    Stan can have a great year. He needs to be able to be 70% or better at the line because 1) that’s where his driving game is designed to put him 2) it will allow him to be on the floor late in a close game when IU will need his defense.

  • Kyl470

    I’ve said it on other posts, but it still blows my mind that a top 100 recruit college basketball player would change his shooting hand.

  • AZIU71

    Needs to get more minutes and minimize his turnovers.

  • Outoftheloop

    A starting 5 is just not important to this Indiana team. Stan is a really good player for IU and he must be on the floor 20 minutes +/game. He is one of the keys to Indiana’s success this season. Coming in as a 6th man he brings exactly what you want: energy , toughness , immediate impact on the game, defense, mature understanding of how IU wants to play, scoring , etc. I really like his game!

  • ForeverIU

    Yogi, Stan, Troy, Devin, Hanner, Nick, James, Robert … any of these guys can easily put in a quality 20 minutes a game. Is this the deepest a team has been under CTC? If Emmitt can put in 15 mintues, we’re even deeper.

  • OhioHoosier

    From everything that was said about RJ in high school, I’m hoping he is or will mold into a solid defender.

  • Daniel

    I believe Nate Britt at UNC has been working on the same thing

  • mark

    I was surprised he didn’t start, and surprised he only got 17 mins a game. I know RJ is good, but Stan brings more size, rebounding and penetration. Actually, last year I had the impression that if he only develops a perimeter game, he’ll be pretty much unstoppable, because he is already so good at getting to the rim and drawing fouls. I just hope CTC sees that too, because at 17 mins a game on this team, if I were him I’d get frustrated and probably consider a change of scenery …

  • mark

    PS — And I forgot to mention, he is also our best perimeter defender

  • GaHoosier

    I think Stan will get his minutes. I believe CTC was using this trip to help the new guys get adjusted to their team and the college game!

  • Hoosier Hall

    Zeisloft didn’t look too bad either, from the limited video I saw of him.

  • TomJameson

    IMO … I say we’ll see several starting lineups depending on who we’re playing, and I think we’ll see them out of the 8 players Forever listed as putting in 20 minutes a game (Except I would add Max). And we even go deeper!! It does look like we’re going to wear down other teams with our running and depth.

  • marcusgresham

    Probably best-suited for the 6th man for the sake of being able to bring him in off the bench and have a stabilizing ability. Brings energy, drives (you can’t friggin’ stop the guy from getting in the lane and now he’s even stronger,) plays defense, rebounds pretty well for his size…I say take that 22 off him and give him 0 because he is this season’s sophomore/junior year Will Sheehey