Robinson averaged 3 points and 1.9 rebounds for the Hoosiers last season and chose the Rams over VCU. As a freshman, he averaged 6.4 points per game and had a career-high 17 points in IU’s win over Iowa at Assembly Hall and 13 in IU’s win over No. 3 Wisconsin.
However, after his playing time diminished this past season, Robinson cited playing time and location as the factors for his departure from Bloomington.
“I hope to find something that is closer to family and where I can have more of an impact on the court,” he said in late March in a release. “I’ve loved everything about being at IU and am thankful for the support of Hoosier Nation.”
The Landover (Md.) native was a member of IU’s 2013 recruiting class that also included Collin Hartman, Devin Davis, Luke Fischer, Noah Vonleh and Troy Williams.
Welcome to “That’s A Wrap,” our player-by-player recap of the 2014-2015 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Stanford Robinson.
Robinson (32 games): 3.0 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 36.7 2PFG%, in 11.4 minutes per game.
Stanford Robinson’s sophomore season at Indiana began with hope, and at the same time, turmoil.
It ended in a decision to transfer.
Robinson’s up and down season started with an offseason decision to switch his shooting hand from left to right, one that was encouraged by former Hoosier Will Sheehey. And during Indiana’s preseason tour of Canada, that change was further encouraged by the fact that he led the team in free throw attempts and shot a 59.1 eFG% in that span.
That optimism, though, quickly faded when news broke on the Monday before Indiana’s first exhibition game that Robinson would be suspended for Indiana’s first four games of the season due to a failed drug test.
And when Robinson returned to the mix following that suspension, he never was able to find the consistent minutes he earned during his freshman season.
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.
OMAHA, Neb. — A bit less than two years ago, Yogi Ferrell played in his first NCAA tournament game. He was a freshman at the time, one of Indiana’s least-experienced players on a No. 1 seed squad.
Yet he was a starter on that 2012-2013 Hoosiers team, playing against No. 16 seed James Madison.
On Friday afternoon, Ferrell will make his return to the “Big Dance” when the No. 10 seed Hoosiers play No. 7 seed Wichita State. He is one of just two remaining Indiana players from that eventual Sweet Sixteen team.
Now he is one of the current Hoosiers’ leaders, and Ferrell on Thursday reminisced about his first NCAA tournament game. He said there is plenty he can take from that experience as they prepare for the Shockers.
“I remember the first game we played, JMU, I was going out there and playing for my teammates, really,” he said. “I feel like if we can do that, play for each other, play desperate, play like we don’t want to go home, we can win.”
From the time the Hoosiers’ name was announced on Sunday evening during the NCAA tournament selection show, both Ferrell and Hanner Mosquera-Perea knew they could help their teammates prepare for the Shockers.
In recent years, the Indiana men’s basketball program has built a connection with the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia area.
The current pipeline between the “DMV” and Bloomington formed back in May 2008, when Oxon Hill, Md., native Maurice Creek committed to the Hoosiers. It solidified just over a year later in September 2009 with the commitment of Hyattsville, Md., native Victor Oladipo. Those two had a chance to play near home in the 2013 NCAA tournament Sweet Sixteen at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
The pipeline still remains strong. Current Hoosiers Robert Johnson and Troy Williams are from Virginia, and Stanford Robinson is from Maryland. And tonight presents their first opportunity to play close to home, as the Hoosiers (17-7, 7-4) take on No. 19 Maryland (19-5, 7-4) in College Park at 9 p.m.
“It’s always good when you’re away from home and you get to play in front of your friends and family,” Johnson said on Tuesday. “I’m definitely excited to see them.”
Indiana’s connection to the Washington area stems far beyond the basketball court.