2014-2015 Player Profile: Stanford Robinson

  • 10/17/2014 9:01 am in

With the start of college basketball season on the horizon, we’re taking a long look at the conference at large as well as Indiana’s roster this month. Today, we continue our look at Indiana’s roster with Stanford Robinson.

If there was one way of defining Stanford Robinson’s value as a freshman last season, it came in his free throw numbers.

The 6-foot-4 guard got to the free throw line as much as anyone on Indiana’s roster during Big Ten action last season, outside of Yogi Ferrell, as Robinson proved to be effective in getting to the rim and causing opponent foul trouble.

Heading into this season, Robinson will continue to hold value in that role, especially on a team that plans on moving the ball quickly and effectively, with the ball moving in and out of the paint. And over the offseason, Indiana coach Tom Crean said Robinson is becoming more reliable in that role.

“Stan’s gaining a level of consistency that he has not had,” Crean said on July 15. “His body’s different. His conditioning and energy are different and it’s not because he’s doing more. It’s because he’s smarter.”

During Indiana’s preseason trip to Canada, Robinson led the Hoosiers in free-throw attempts, suggesting he was aggressive as anyone in trying to get to the basket.

But Robinson also has been working on improving his perimeter game for this season. And in doing so, he has switched from shooting with his left hand to shooting with his right hand.

“It’s something he’s been working on,” Crean said. “It’s a little more natural for him. He’s a little bit 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.”

Even with the Montreal trip occurring early in the transition, Robinson shot a 59.7 effective field goal percentage during the tour and attempted and made his first right-handed 3-pointer against Ottawa.

Of course, as Robinson continues to work with his right hand, his perimeter shooting will only improve. And on a team that already has plenty of shooting weapons, adding Robinson to the fold could make it that much more dangerous.

“I think every day it’s getting better,” freshman Robert Johnson said. “I remember probably one or two practices ago, I don’t remember him missing a lot. And when he first switched, you would be surprised. He’s come a long way, but I think it looks way better. And I think it was a good switch for him.”

Bottom Line: Robinson found a role as a freshman by being able to find his way to the net and draw fouls. Heading into this season, the Hoosiers have hoped for Robinson to continue to get stronger and more consistent in that role. So far, it appears Robinson has been able to do just that, leading the team in free throw attempts during its preseason tour of Canada. But with Robinson’s change in shooting hand, the sophomore hopes to become more of a perimeter threat this season, as well. It could result in him earning more playing time, too, as he continues to diversify his skills on the court.

Quotable: “Here is a guy, he had the same amount of free throw attempts in the league that Noah did and Noah’s the ninth pick in the draft. Stan can get fouled, but Stan has got to build explosiveness into his game that is consistent, and he’s really working hard to get to that. He’s getting stronger.” — Crean during his July 15 press conference.

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  • AnonymousDave

    With everyone talking about Troy, Hanner, and James this offseason (myself included) I think a lot of us are overlooking Stan. It’s hard for most of us dominant handed people to understand being ambidextrous especially in basketball, but it’s not an unheard of thing what Stan is doing. I believe Nate Britt is doing the exact same thing as Stan right now at UNC. Thing is Stan wasn’t a jumpshooter anyway, and being able to finish around the basket with either hand is a huge lost art in basketball.

    Bottom line is the toughness this kid brings to both ends of the floor are essential for this team that is looking at playing small. He is as important to this team as anyone, and I’m expecting a greatly improved year from him this season. Plus everyone talks about Hanner and Troy’s athletic ability. I think you could make a real case for Stan being the best OVERALL athlete on this team especially as he continues to pack on muscle. Long, fantastic body control, good leaping ability, quick as lighting, and explosive. Kid has a phenomenal first step.

  • MK

    I am a big Stanford Robinson fan. I hope CTC can find the minutes for this guy. He is a big difference maker for us. My biggest fear is that coach continues the “hockey subbing” for all of our guards. Between, YF, JBJ, SR, RJ, NZ there are only so many minutes to go around. However, we will probably often have 3 guards on the court which will help keep guys happy.

  • hoosierfan2336

    We will likely see full on line changes with our back court early on in the season to figure out which lineups work. I just hope we don’t see that pattern in mid-January. There should be no reason yogi isn’t playing 35+ minutes a game.

  • hoosierfan2336

    Being ambidextrous is really confusing. I write and do a lot of things left-handed m, but most sports I play right-handed except for things like tennis and golf. It will be interesting to see how it affects his shooting ability. The good thing is that improving his outside shooting is more of a bonus than a necessity for us this year.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I think “probably often have 3 guards on the court” will end up being “almost always” given our roster make up.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    If Stan, Troy, and Robert can average around 35% beyond the arc while Yogi, James, and Nick keep their percentage above 40, we will be such a different team than last year!

  • Hoosier Hall

    I am predicting that we will see RJ, NZ and SR right in the 20-25 minute range and JBJ and Yogi will both be over 30 minutes per game. We could (almost 100% certainty) see anywhere from 2 to 4 guards on the court at the same time so I think the minutes are there for all of them. Lets just hope they all capitalize on their minutes and we see that lack of drop off that CTC has always talked about. When you can sub guys in and either continue with a solid performance or even see a boost, it changes everything. Other teams will be worn down by it. Crean wanted it last season but it just wasn’t there. Not enough talent. I think we definitely have it in the back court this season. That is why (jeez I hate to say this) Kensucky will be so hard to handle this season. Elite talent followed by more talent, and then some more on the end of the bench.

  • Bdub-hoops

    Honestly I think 35% would be disappointing for RJ. I think it’s reasonable to expect him to shoot above 40% from three. That means 4 threats from 3. Anybody remember the last time we had 4 legit threats from 3 pt range? Jordy, Oladipo, Roth, Watford. I hope we are able to have that kind of comfort level from behind the arc again, last year I didn’t think anything was going in if Yogi or Vonleh didn’t shoot it.

  • Bryce Kepner

    I know Troy and Stab have worked a lot on their shot but I see them sticking to their guns as guys who drive the ball. They might occasionally get an open look and take it but I think Yogi, JBJ, Rob and Zeisloft are in a different category right now. Could change but I don’t think it will be as fast as we think

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Robert’s coach has described him as a streaky shooter. RJ didn’t shoot well during the Canadian trip. I’m not sure that we can expect 40% (or more) from him this year, although next year might be a different story…

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    Don’t get me wrong, I’d rather have Stan and Troy drive to the rim than shoot a three (unless they are *wide* open), but if they are left wide open, I want them to shoot that shot, and 35% is a reasonable enough number for them to take threes.

  • RatKingSports

    …”We will see anywhere from 2 to 4 guards on the court at the same time”?… “almost 100% certainty”??? Talk about a bold prediction…. lol. Couldn’t you say that about nearly every basketball team in history?

  • Hoosier Hall

    Most teams play only 2 guards. You rarely see a 3 guard lineup and a 4 guard lineup is extremely rare. That’s why it’s called “unconventional”. So, to answer your question, no.

  • RatKingSports

    …”Anywhere from 2 and 4 guards”… that would mean “with almost 100% certainty”, that IU would play either 2, 3, or 4 guards on the court at the same time… Which damn near every team in history has done…

  • RatKingSports

    That would be like me saying, with 100% certainty, IU will finish between 4-28 and 28-4. Which would be a tad bit Mr. Obvious… all I’m saying.

  • Hoosier Hall

    I think you’ve missed my point. You’re taking that part out of context. I am looking at the minutes and out of the 5 guards listed, we could see 4 of them on the floor at the same time.

  • Hoosier Hall

    Not quite the same, but OK.

  • Bryce Kepner

    Well of course if they are wide open. But if we have shooters, we can depend on them for the shots and if Stan or Troy are wide open then they should take the shot. But with the plethora of shooters we will also needs penetration like Williams and Robinson. I think it’s important to have people stick to their game. But if we are talking about people being wide open, that’s a different story

  • Bryce Kepner

    What everyone is trying to get at is that it would’ve been better to say 3 to 4 guards instead of 2-4 cause its obvious that there will be at least 2 guards on the floor

  • Alford Bailey

    What a nice lookin stroke!

  • Hoosier Hall

    That’s actually what I meant to type and didn’t even realize it until after your comment.

  • SCHoosier

    IU…IMO..will feature a three guard line-up many times this season. If it makes you feel better to call one of those guards a small forward…go for it:)

  • mark

    I think if the game was limited to 4-on-4, 6’7″ and under players, IU would be a top-5 or 10 team. A foursome of Yogi, JBJ, Stan and Troy can compete with anyone (esp considering what I’ve been hearing about the improvement in Troy’s game). To me IU looks like a team that could surprise, if HP can just produce on the boards and defensively.

  • Hoosier Hall

    We may even have to call one a PF at times, lol!

  • banarish

    There’s so much to like about Stan. He’s creative and savvy, brings a ton of energy, seems very self-aware, but unassuming. Cool as Cucumbers. I think he represents an important puzzle piece needed for the team to really click. And has anyone else noticed how freakin huge his hands are?!

  • Bryce Kepner

    No worries, just helpin you out!

  • Outoftheloop

    I love Stan and his tenacious, fearless focus on driving to the rim. He is also very creative when he gets there. He is a tough defender and rebounder. As he grows in his ability to make assists and to hit the jumper, and especially the FT’s, he will be a key to this team. He deserves at least 20 minutes/game on the floor.

  • Outoftheloop

    That actually means 6 from 3-point range who can shoot over 40% because Max is the 5th and Tim is the 6th!

  • Outoftheloop

    Troy, Yogi, and James 25/min/game = 75; Hanner, Devin, Emmitt, Robert, Stan 20 min/game =100; Max and Nick 10-15 min/game =25 =200 min/game with a 10 deep rotation and 3 players for “spot” duties as fouls, injuries and game situations develop: 1) Hit that game winning “Three” Big Tim “Shooter” Priller! 2) Block that last second shot Big Jeremiah “Swat” April and save the “W”! 3) Show us your game Collin you always were a solid team guy!

  • Outoftheloop

    I respectfully disagree. Cut back on Yogi’s minutes to 25 min/game and increase his productivity and energy in late February and March. Even Crean’s great teams with Cody, Victor and the rest appeared tired and run-down in late February/March (the B1G Tourney defeat, the close win over Temple, and the loss to Syracuse).