Robinson talks Bloomington visit, timetable for decision

  • 05/15/2012 10:14 pm in

2013 Paul VI Catholic guard Stanford Robinson made his first trip to Bloomington on Monday.

He left with nothing but positive things to say about the overall experience.

“We got to see a lot of the campus, the Student Union, Assembly Hall, the practice facility,” Robinson told Inside the Hall on Tuesday night. “We played open gym and saw the dorms. It was a good experience. The coaches were real friendly. I could see myself having a great relationship with the coaches. And then I had one of my former coaches down there, Coach (Kenny) Johnson.”

The 6-foot-4 guard, rated the No. 46 player nationally according to ESPN.com, says that IU’s newest assistant was a big factor in his decision to attend Paul VI in Fairfax, Virginia.

“Coach Johnson is the reason I’m at Paul VI High School right now,” Robinson said. “He was there as the head assistant coach and he recruited me to come to Paul VI. But I’ve actually known Johnson since I was in the eighth grade.”

Beyond the familiarity with Johnson, Robinson’s relationships with Tom Crean and Victor Oladipo have the Hoosiers in a favorable position.

“Coach Crean is a great coach and he’s high energy. That’s what I like about him,” he said. “He was very positive and it was great to have some conversations with Coach Crean. He has a great plan for me.

“Me and Victor are like brothers. He’s like a role model to me when he comes in the high school. He’s one of the hardest working guys I know.”

After a broken nose forced him to miss the first EYBL session in Minneapolis, Robinson has progressed over the last two sessions in Hampton and in Dallas, where he averaged 13.4 points and shot 55 percent from the field.

Team Takeover, which also includes another IU recruiting target in DeMatha forward BeeJay Anya, finished the EYBL Dallas session 5-0.

“Since I’ve been back from the injury, I feel like I’m being more aggressive every game,” the left-handed guard said. “I’m getting stronger every game.”

The next step in the process for Robinson, who can sign a National Letter of Intent in November, may be coming sooner than he originally planned.

He plans to sit down with his family and coaches this week and said a decision could come by Friday.

“I could definitely see myself up there (at Indiana) because of the relationship me and Coach Johnson have. I would always have somebody there to support me and keep me pushing. Coach Crean is a great guy, a family type guy. I could definitely see myself going there because the coaches felt like family and I had great conversations with the coaches. I feel like we could build a great relationship.

“Indiana’s definitely high in my decision, but so is Villanova and some other schools.”

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  • slojoe

    He’s ours.  This recruitment has played out much like VO’s.

  • Kelin Blab

    Come on Stan…Villanova? Very positive talk coming from him. Really like his game, I have a lefty living with me so I like lefty basketball players too. A commit this week would surprise me …..but anything could happen.

  • MillaRed

    Me likey

  • IrishHoosier

    “Coach Johnson is the reason I’m at Paul XI High School right now,”
    Robinson said. “He was there as the head assistant coach and he
    recruited me to come to Paul XI. But I’ve actually known Johnson since I
    was in the eighth grade.”

    Uh…There is no Paul XI. Paul VI was the last pope named Paul. Is that a typo or did he really say “eleventh” instead of “sixth”?

    Either way, glad to hear of his interest. Seems like a heck of a player.

  • IrishHoosier

    “Coach Johnson is the reason I’m at Paul XI High School right now,”
    Robinson said. “He was there as the head assistant coach and he
    recruited me to come to Paul XI. But I’ve actually known Johnson since I
    was in the eighth grade.”

    Uh…There is no Paul XI. Paul VI was the last pope named Paul. Is that a typo or did he really say “eleventh” instead of “sixth”?

    Either way, glad to hear of his interest. Seems like a heck of a player.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Eh, why not? There seems to be a lot of things he likes! I’d love to have him, seems really smooth and athletic.

    And really, Villanova? Pssshhhttt… What a joke.

  • Was a typo. It’s been corrected.

  • VerdellJonesIV

    I really hate to sound cocky about something as unpredictable as recruiting. But…..he’s locked up.

  • SGHoosier


    head assistant coach” .. how big is the staff on that basketball team? A pro-ball program?

  • b_side

    Reminds me of a southpaw Jordan Crawford.  Good shooter, athletic, lengthy and has that bouncy-type of game.

  • Aircrewual

    funny how ESPN’s recruiting section doesn’t even have IU on his radar . 

  • Bryan

    Sounds like we stand a good chance of picking this kid up, and I would assume that it does nothing to affect moving forward on trying to sign Anya or any of the other 2013 targets, despite being full on scholarships.  

    Talent on the team has been steadily building the last few years, is this the season we start seeing some early departures, or will there be another scholarship logjam next summer?

  • Bryan

    Sounds like we stand a good chance of picking this kid up, and I would assume that it does nothing to affect moving forward on trying to sign Anya or any of the other 2013 targets, despite being full on scholarships.  

    Talent on the team has been steadily building the last few years, is this the season we start seeing some early departures, or will there be another scholarship logjam next summer?

  • marcusgresham

    I rescind a previous comment I made.  A few weeks ago this picture was posted and I made mention of it appearing he was going right with his right hand; a few of you said that it was probably some type of fake. Now I read that he’s a lefty I’m even more impressed with the move.

  • N71

    IF…we’re able to get Robinson this certainly doesn’t hurt our chances with BeeJay.  Below is a recent video of the two being interviewed but there is no indication of where they may go as they list virtually every program in the country as having interest.

    http://rivals.yahoo.com/video/recruiting-basketball/Stanford-Robinson–BeeJay-Anya-Talk-Hoops-1104521

    They are very likable, much like Victor, Ron, and Yogi.  Funny, smile a lot, well spoken, etc.   BeeJay says he’s 275 lbs which is nice, we’ll finally have a Sullinger, Nix, etc. type to bang on others versus our getting pushed around.  He also mentions conditioning which will surely be important if you’re playing at 275 and having to move up and down the court quickly.

    This is good news.  

    Robinson – 2 guard, scorer
    Hartman – wing deep ball shooter
    Davis – 3 or 4 interior banger
    BeeJay – Post enforcer

    If we can keep Yogi for 2 years we’re good with this class, if he stays for 3 we’re golden.

  • N71

    IF…we’re able to get Robinson this certainly doesn’t hurt our chances with BeeJay.  Below is a recent video of the two being interviewed but there is no indication of where they may go as they list virtually every program in the country as having interest.

    http://rivals.yahoo.com/video/recruiting-basketball/Stanford-Robinson–BeeJay-Anya-Talk-Hoops-1104521

    They are very likable, much like Victor, Ron, and Yogi.  Funny, smile a lot, well spoken, etc.   BeeJay says he’s 275 lbs which is nice, we’ll finally have a Sullinger, Nix, etc. type to bang on others versus our getting pushed around.  He also mentions conditioning which will surely be important if you’re playing at 275 and having to move up and down the court quickly.

    This is good news.  

    Robinson – 2 guard, scorer
    Hartman – wing deep ball shooter
    Davis – 3 or 4 interior banger
    BeeJay – Post enforcer

    If we can keep Yogi for 2 years we’re good with this class, if he stays for 3 we’re golden.

  • SCHoosier

    Big strong kid with a soft touch jumper. Based on what he said..if you were his parents and could put him in a quality environment with a good education surrounded by people  he knows and trusts…how would you advise your son? Have to admit that even with the recruting boards..I’m having trouble keeping track of who is being offered for what year. Glad Crean is..:) This guy can play early..shooting guard..a little small forward and probably some point if he works on his ball handling.

  • 323SGrant

    Would be pleased to see Robinson at IU, but what happened to Croaker? He looked like the next D Wade.

  • dtfreed

    Yes, cause if was 11 then he would wrote PaulB1G 

  • dtfreed

    If he comes can Beejay get a ride on the way over here. . . 

  • dtfreed

    If he comes can Beejay get a ride on the way over here. . . 

  • indy2eville

     I’m a lefty and love the lefty IU bball payers. I actually have a basketball signed by Calbert Cheaney, Charlie Miller & Brian Evans. They just happened to be at Calberts basketball camp in Eville one year.

  • That interview is over a month old, maybe even older. 

  • CreamandCrimson

    Robinson considers Victor a role model. If he plays like Victor (energy, athleticism, passion, work ethic) then I am all for signing him up. Hopefully VO can mentor him for a year in Bloomington and then Robinson will be ready to step into that role in his sophomore season.

    A previous poster (b_side) mentioned a similarity to Jordan Crawford. I think this makes sense in terms of body type. However, from what I have read, Robinson seems to be economical with his shots (something Crawford never was, for better or worse) and if anything, needs to get a bit more aggressive on the offensive end.

    Again, if he brings the same approach as Victor, I would love to have him wearing the candy stripes. The reactions to this guy and several others in recent recruiting discussions shows how far we have come in a short amount of time. Robinson is a top-50 prospect that we are definitely in on but our mindset (rightfully so) appears to be “it would be great to have him but he is just one of many great options”.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Robinson considers Victor a role model. If he plays like Victor (energy, athleticism, passion, work ethic) then I am all for signing him up. Hopefully VO can mentor him for a year in Bloomington and then Robinson will be ready to step into that role in his sophomore season.

    A previous poster (b_side) mentioned a similarity to Jordan Crawford. I think this makes sense in terms of body type. However, from what I have read, Robinson seems to be economical with his shots (something Crawford never was, for better or worse) and if anything, needs to get a bit more aggressive on the offensive end.

    Again, if he brings the same approach as Victor, I would love to have him wearing the candy stripes. The reactions to this guy and several others in recent recruiting discussions shows how far we have come in a short amount of time. Robinson is a top-50 prospect that we are definitely in on but our mindset (rightfully so) appears to be “it would be great to have him but he is just one of many great options”.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Next D-Wade? That sounds like an over statement. If that’s true, maybe Crean thought it was too late to get in on his recruitment, and decided to move elsewhere.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    In the interview, when he says “Villanova”, it almost seems like he was just grabbing at straws, trying to pretend like there are other schools he’s interested in.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Is it bad that I’d still rather have Marcus Lee than Anya? He just seems like a better fit… But Anya would be more than welcome.

    Does anyone else wonder if Crean knows something about this class that he’s not letting on? Why would he be recruiting Semi Ojeleye if he didn’t think that one of Hartman or Davis would decommit, or he would tell them they no longer had an offer available? I’m so curious as to how this will play out.

  • Mr_Howard8h

     Don’t forget Luke Fischer man!  Luke is going to shoot up the rankings after this summer, because running big men who are fundamentally sound are hard to come by.  He’s going to complement Anya very well, should we land Beejay.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Can anyone else say “Mike Conley and Greg Oden package deal.”  I would be perfectly happy with Anya and Robinson.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Can anyone else say “Mike Conley and Greg Oden package deal.”  I would be perfectly happy with Anya and Robinson.

  • N71

    How could I have forgotten Luke, I suck.

  • Jam

    I am curious. Is Robinson the best of who we are offered?

  • HoosierDadE

    Michael Lewis? Ha

    The lefty fastball into the Iowa players face is one of my memorable IU moments

  • Mat

    Looks like we have a great chance to get Stan.  CTC and is staff are going beyond my expectations with getting these kids to believe in what IU has to offer. If Stan comes then I would say IU will shoot up to #1 on BeeJay’s list as well.  Only great things coming our way for along time.  Let’s go Hoosier Nation! 

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Best player or best fit for our program?  Top 10 players don’t mean much unless they fit the puzzle.  IMHO Coach Crean has his pick of top 100 players that he wants based on his system.  If there is no need for a top 10 player based on a skill set and he doesn’t fit our system then why bother?  I think Stanford is the perfect fit.  If for some wild reason Cody leaves after this year, I believe Anya slides right in if Robinson comes.  Case in point:  Remy Abell.  When he is a senior he will be without question our team leader.

  • stroot

    I’ve been wondering that as well. CTC has been pushing harder since IU jumped back into the national spotlight, and the fact that we already have a full list of commitments for 2013 doesn’t seem to concern him in the least.

    Hartman and Davis look like quality players — good “glue guys”, as everyone has been referring to them — but as the team’s expectations grow, so might the quality of our signees. It’d be kind of a dbag move to tell two players (who committed to the team over a year ago) that their spots are no longer available because someone else just took it, but I’m having a hard time seeing how else all of this extra recruiting for the 2013 class could be justified.

    Hartman, Davis, and Fischer (plus Robinson for the oversign), or Fischer, Robinson, and maybe Anya (plus Ojeleye for the oversign)? I know the latter looks much, much better on paper, but I’m not sure if sacrificing the former and wounding Crean’s reputation among other recruits would be worth it.

  • IUFAN87

    This kid is a lock with VO and coach to much set up for this kid not to come to IU very well organized by CTC that is how you recruit star athletes with out paying them build the program so as to be setting it up for them.  Hope he pans out because you will see him wearing crimson and cream next year my friends 

  • stroot

    That is, unless Remy is the odd man out when the current class needs to figure out their +1 dilemma. As much as I’d like to believe that one of Elston/Hulls/Zeller would pay their own way next year, I think that would have been announced by now it it is the solution.

    At this point, it seems like Elston, Remy, Austin, Jurkin, and Patterson are all potentially (and equally) on thin ice when it comes to who may be asked to transfer/attend prep school in 2012-2013.

  • stroot

    That is, unless Remy is the odd man out when the current class needs to figure out their +1 dilemma. As much as I’d like to believe that one of Elston/Hulls/Zeller would pay their own way next year, I think that would have been announced by now it it is the solution.

    At this point, it seems like Elston, Remy, Austin, Jurkin, and Patterson are all potentially (and equally) on thin ice when it comes to who may be asked to transfer/attend prep school in 2012-2013.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Robinson then Anya come together joining Hartman and the steal of the class DD Jr. . . . can you say 2 straight top then recruiting classes?

    Anytime I see a smooth shooting, athletic left I tend to think of Calbert Cheaney.  Only problem with that is I thought the same thing about Charlie Miller and we all remember how that turned out.  He was a good player and all, but . . .

    So, I’m going to reserve judgment until I see him shoot in person consistently but things are definitely looking up!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

     I’m pretty sure CTC is starting to play this like the big boys guys so we better get used to it.  He’s thinking that guys like Cody Zeller, Victor, and maybe 1 or 2 of next year’s freshman could be 1-and-dones.  If that’s the case then the recruiting landscape changes drastically so having an oversign every year is a good thing. 

    Also, I could see Hartman going to prep for a year to see what opens up and let him improve his game and get stronger.  Prep school isn’t a bad thing.  Davis Jr. is going to be one of the biggest steals of the class!  He will be an absolute beast at the college level so I wouldn’t worry about him backing out or being asked not to come to IU!

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I think it shakes down like this:

    Sr. – Watford, Elston, Hulls, Creek (with more eligibility), Roth
    Jr. – Oladipo, Sheehey
    So. – Remy, Zeller, Etherington
    Fr. – Jurkin, Patterson, Ferrell, Hollowell, Perea

    I do think this year’s situation has already been solved.  I think Roth will stay and play off scholarship and Elston or Hulls is doing the same.  However, if that’s not the case, it will still work out because Crean is a class act and this team is a family.

    After this year, here’s are the possible departures:

    Sr. – all of them expect Creek (4 spots)
    Jr. – Oladipo (1 spot)
    So. – Zeller (1 spot)
    Fr. – Hollowell, Perea, and possibly even Yogi but I doubt it (2-3 spots)

    So, IU could easily go from 15 players to 6-9 players.  That would mean the 2013 class could be anywhere from 4-6 players.  2014 is a deeper and stronger class but CTC is a tireless recruiter so I could see him filling 2013 if he finds the “right” guys.  I think it would be better to recruit 4-5 guys in 2013 and then another 4 or so in 2014 expecting a couple more players to possibly bolt for the NBA.

    I think that’s how CTC is going to be recruiting from now on.  He is going to start packing classes because the A-level talent he’s getting now is more and more likely to be early NBA entry material.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    I think it shakes down like this:

    Sr. – Watford, Elston, Hulls, Creek (with more eligibility), Roth
    Jr. – Oladipo, Sheehey
    So. – Remy, Zeller, Etherington
    Fr. – Jurkin, Patterson, Ferrell, Hollowell, Perea

    I do think this year’s situation has already been solved.  I think Roth will stay and play off scholarship and Elston or Hulls is doing the same.  However, if that’s not the case, it will still work out because Crean is a class act and this team is a family.

    After this year, here’s are the possible departures:

    Sr. – all of them expect Creek (4 spots)
    Jr. – Oladipo (1 spot)
    So. – Zeller (1 spot)
    Fr. – Hollowell, Perea, and possibly even Yogi but I doubt it (2-3 spots)

    So, IU could easily go from 15 players to 6-9 players.  That would mean the 2013 class could be anywhere from 4-6 players.  2014 is a deeper and stronger class but CTC is a tireless recruiter so I could see him filling 2013 if he finds the “right” guys.  I think it would be better to recruit 4-5 guys in 2013 and then another 4 or so in 2014 expecting a couple more players to possibly bolt for the NBA.

    I think that’s how CTC is going to be recruiting from now on.  He is going to start packing classes because the A-level talent he’s getting now is more and more likely to be early NBA entry material.

  • Knuckledrager

    Calbert is left handed. Don’t get any better than him.

  • Knuckledrager

    Calbert is left handed. Don’t get any better than him.

  • Your scenario for this year can’t happen. A player that was brought to the school on scholarship cannot go off scholarship to open one up for another player.

  • Headiu

    Yes they can.  It happened at Louisville just this past season.

  • Aceman_Mujezinovic_07

    Yes they can.  It’s not illegal and has actually happened at UNC and I believe USC recently. 

    Anyone of IU’s instate players could choose to pay the 18K or so tuition to the school, especially Zeller since he could take out a student loan then repay it the day he signs his NBA contract.  USC’s Clay Matthews a few years ago gave up his scholarship and played at USC as a walk-on as he was from an affluent family. 

    That’s the answer to your question, or I assume it was a question.  Yes, a player can voluntarily give up his or her scholarship because scholarships are 1 year agreements.  It goes both ways.  I’m not sure but I believe Elston, Hulls, and Zeller all come from families that could afford IU’s tuition. 

    To me it makes the most sense for Zeller because he’s going to be a lottery pick either way.

  • Kwang

    Jaacks got that one jacked into his face!  I loved it!