Stanford Robinson to transfer from Indiana

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Sophomore guard Stanford Robinson is leaving the Indiana program, Inside the Hall has learned. The news was first reported by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.

According to a release by Indiana, Robinson has requested a release from his scholarship in order to transfer to a school closer to home where he can earn more playing time.

“I respect Stan’s desire to contribute more on the court and understand that the opportunity to play closer to your family is something he would like to have happen,” Tom Crean said in the release.  “I think he has grown a great deal and matured in the two years he has been a part of the program and I hope he takes his experiences at Indiana University to remind him of what he can accomplish not only as a basketball player, but as a human being.”

Robinson averaged 3.0 points and 1.9 rebounds for the Hoosiers last season. IU’s release states that he’ll continue to use the team’s facilities and have access to academic support through the end of the semester.

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That’s A Wrap: Robert Johnson

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Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2014-2015 Indiana Hoosiers. First up: Robert Johnson.

Johnson (34 games): 8.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 52.9% eFG, 65.1% FT, 38.8 3PFG% in 27 minutes per game.

A top 50 recruit from Richmond, Virginia, Robert Johnson came to Bloomington and made his impact felt immediately. We had our first glimpse at the role Johnson would occupy back in August during IU’s trip to Montreal when he did a little bit of everything in averaging 9.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.2 steals per game over five exhibition games.

The coaching staff showed confidence in Johnson from the season’s onset as he started in a three-guard set alongside Yogi Ferrell and James Blackmon Jr.

His second game in an IU uniform produced his best offensive output of the season as he torched Texas Southern for 21 points at Assembly Hall on 8-of-13 shooting. He also had three other key offensive performances in Big Ten play as he went for 14 at Nebraska in the conference opener, 20 at home in a win over Penn State and 19 at home in a win over Minnesota.

But while Johnson was effective as a scorer when he asserted himself, his role was more complementary than that of a featured piece of IU’s offense. With plenty of other offensive help around him, Johnson never forced the issue and often chose the role of facilitator rather than looking for his own shot. His overall numbers reflect that as he took 162 fewer shots than Blackmon Jr. despite playing only 72 fewer minutes on the season.

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Podcast on the Brink: Season recap, a look ahead

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Podcast on the Brink is back for another episode with host Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call.

In this special edition of the show – which was broadcast live last night over at The Assembly Call – Morris is joined by Inside the Hall editor Alex Bozich and Chronic Hoosier for a recap of IU’s season and a look ahead to the offseason. Among the topics discussed:

· How IU’s season should be viewed as a whole
· Whether Indiana’s defense can make major improvements over the offseason
· Potential NBA decisions for Yogi Ferrell and Troy Williams and program attrition
· What adding a player like Thomas Bryant would mean for next season

And plenty more, so tune in and enjoy. As always, feel free to drop the show a note at jerod@assemblycall.com.

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The Inside the Hall Mailbag: March 24

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The Inside the Hall Mailbag is a collection of questions tweeted to us via Twitter (@insidethehall), via email, submitted on our premium forum and sent to us via our Facebook page. Submit your questions and we’ll answer as many as we can.

hoosierfan1 on the premium forum writes: Clearly Indiana has a lot of work to do to improve its defensive effectiveness for next season. In your opinion, what are the key issues that need to be addressed in the offseason to improve defensive effectiveness?

Obviously a rim protector would go a long way in helping to shore up IU’s defense around the basket, but most of the issues begin on the perimeter. The Hoosiers struggled to contain dribble penetration all season and IU’s help defense was poor as well. Without much ball pressure, IU didn’t force many turnovers nor did it contest shots nearly enough.

From what I saw up close – and I watched this team all the way from the Montreal trip in August through the final game on Friday – basic things like positioning and communication just weren’t there with enough consistency. Perhaps some of it was a result of youth, but given that IU’s defense never really made much improvement over the course of the season, that’s obviously not the entire issue.

Ultimately, the level of improvement is going to come down to how much the coaching staff is able to teach and emphasize what it wants to accomplish on that end of the floor and the players embracing what they are taught and realizing that without a major improvement on defense, the ceiling is only so high. – Alex Bozich

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Video: Indiana’s NCAA tournament confidential series

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Film Session: Wichita State

In Indiana’s season-ending loss to the Wichita State Shockers, the Hoosiers were able to fight back in the closing minutes but ultimately came up short.

We’ll take a look at some key last-minute plays on both ends of the court in the latest edition of Film Session:

With the Hoosiers down seven, Stanford Robinson helps Yogi Ferrell break free and Collin Hartman inbounds the ball:

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The floor spreads for Ferrell. Hartman and Nick Zeisloft head to the corners. Robinson comes up to set a ball screen for Ferrell, but he simply makes a move left:

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Once into the lane, Darius Carter makes the decision to leave Hartman and try and stop Ferrell at the rim:

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Report: Steve McClain hired at Illinois-Chicago

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Indiana associate head coach Steve McClain will accept the head coaching position at Illinois-Chicago and will be announced as its new coach on Wednesday, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported on Saturday morning.

Update: UIC has confirmed the news:

McClain has been a part of Indiana’s coaching staff since April 2010, initially joining as an assistant coach before being promoted to associate head coach status in July 2012.

The 2014-2015 season was McClain’s 34th coaching college basketball, as he originally came to Bloomington from Colorado, where for three years he was a part of the staff and was the acting head coach during part of the 2009-2010 season.

Prior to his stop in Boulder, McClain served as the head coach at the University of Wyoming, From 1998-2007, he led the Cowboys to a 157-115 record, two Mountain West Conference regular season titles and four postseason appearances.

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