Stanford Robinson on Hoosier Hysteria: “It was one of the greatest moments of my life”

  • 10/21/2012 9:15 pm in

Stanford Robinson knew his trip to Bloomington for Hoosier Hysteria would be a special one. After all, the 2013 recruit committed to Indiana in May, in part, because of the huge support for the program by the students and fans in Bloomington.

But even he couldn’t have anticipated what was going to take place at Assembly Hall on Saturday night.

Robinson and the numerous other recruits who were in attendance had their names chanted by the capacity crowd as they walked across the court to their seats. They got to see an impressive display of skill and talent in a variety of events, including a competitive scrimmage.

To sum it up, Robinson was in attendance for one of the better Hoosier Hysteria events in quite some time.

“It was one of the greatest moments of my life,” Robinson said. “It was like a moment you’d never seen before. The fans are great, the players are awesome. They really interacted with the fans and everyone that was there, and it was just fun to see that.

“They were talking about how packed it would be, but I just really couldn’t imagine it. So when I saw it, it was incredible.”

Robinson, who attends Findlay Prep in Las Vegas, is especially important to Tom Crean’s continued recruiting efforts because of his relationship with 2013 targets Beejay Anya and Troy Williams. Robinson is close with both Anya and Williams, who made their official visits to IU over the weekend and were in attendance at Hoosier Hysteria.

Anya, a 6-foot-9 forward from DeMatha High School in Maryland, is the 30th ranked player in the 2013 class, according to, and Williams, a 6-foot-7 forward from Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, is the 31st ranked player in the class.

“It was pretty fun because me, Beejay and Troy are real close friends,” Robinson said. “The fans chanted their names as well. They really liked the attention. It was like nothing they had seen before.”

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  • WhatsUpKnight

    saw those guys strolling down kirkwood ave with mr. calbert. anya’s a big dude (and robinson’s bigger than i expected)! hope we get him!

  • jake

    Well… Looks like IU is in good standing with Beejay, Troy, and Noah. Interesting. Crean would likely accept any of them were they to commit and decide to come to IU in 2013.

    Highly unlikely, but there could be 7 players in the class of 2013, with only 3 seniors. Only way I see something like this being solved is if some combination of this happens: Zeller/Oladipo go pro, someone pays their own way (Yogi? PT was like a college tuition), someone transfers, or (God forbid) worse comes to worse someone gets injured and can’t play again (Creek). This is COMPLETE speculation, but it’s interesting and just me thinking out loud.

  • N71

    Great to hear Stan’s perspective. It’s really hard to tell what’s going to happen knowing we already have a 4 man class and then BeeJay, Troy, Noah, and Kennedy are all in the mix as well. I’m not sure how you manage all this, it would have to be a difficult thing with many moving parts. BeeJay seems like the most natural fit due to his being from DC, relationships, and his position (power forward/center). Kennedy probably the least but I say that just because I don’t hear his name too often. Boy, what a nice position we’re in from where we were.

    There’s often mention of Cody and Victor going pro early but I wonder if Yogi and Will may have the opportunity as well. Coach keeps talking about how much Will has improved and Yogi gets a great deal of praise as well. I could see it coming down to our winning a championship or not. If not, they stay, pissed off wanting payback. They win and then they begin to think what else is there, I guess we turn pro.

  • jacobdetroy

    What is awesome is the culture of recruiting that is developing amongst current players/commits. AE was vital in selling other recruits on the program, VO has certainly done his part, and now SR is in the ears of players like Anya and Williams. This is a true sign that a new culture is being developed. This is great!

  • Evansville Hoosier

    If all 3 commit I seriously think that Crean tells one of the other recruits in that class that he can’t take them. The headline would be “x player reopens recruitment” but I really don’t think coach Crean wants to do that. But I don’t think all 3 will commit.

  • I agree with that. Both parts. And I think we all know who would possibly be cut out if that had to happen. But then you are still looking at believing VO and Cody are going pro and someone is transferring.

  • HoosierTrav

    If Zeller is the projected #1 pick after this season, I don’t see him staying. He can pay out of pocket for his degree. I just don’t see him passing up going #1 overall. He wont get that opportunity after this season. I’d love for him to pass on it though.

  • unclekerfuffle

    Just curious–does anyone KNOW what the financial difference is between being the #1 overall pick and being a, say, top 5?

  • WhatsUpKnight

    i know there’s a rookie salary cap now, but i’m guessing the difference is significant. no matter, it’s probably a done deal (and the right decision, though it pains me to admit it) that cz’s gone after this year.

  • Does anyone know where to find the Past/Present video they played prior to introductions that had the old players mixed in with the current team?

  • A lot more money than we’ll ever make! LOL

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    The future remains as bright as a blazing inferno. Hoosiers are here to stay. Thanks CTC!

  • Guest

    As a matter of fact that is almost exactly what was told to Troy by the fans in front of Cook when he came out to play some toss with the football before HH started. Scholarships are in high demand !! he can’t play football by the way

  • Let the coach do what he do please. I’m sure he know more than we would ever know.

  • SCHoosier

    Man..I think the Kelly School would kick him out if he passed on a $8-10$ contract..and a degree within close reach. As you say he’s smart..that would not be smart. I mean..he becomes set for life.(cause he’s Indiana raised and won’t blow it on cars, broads ,and bling) .fullfils a dream…and had the IU experience to boot.