Stanford Robinson commits to Indiana


Stanford Robinson, a left-handed guard from Paul VI in Fairfax, Va., has committed to Indiana for the Class of 2013. He becomes the fourth member of the class. More on this later.

UPDATE: The story for tomorrow’s paper.

Newly hired assistant coach Kenny Johnson is apparently already helping Indiana build a pipeline to a Washington, D.C. area.

Stanford Robinson, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound left-handed shooting guard in the class of 2013, committed to the Hoosiers on Wednesday night. The No. 88 player in the class according to Rivals.com told recruiting websites earlier in the day that he had narrowed his list of schools to four in Indiana, Maryland, Texas and Villanova, then apparently made up his mind quickly. Robinson had taken an unofficial visit to Indiana on Monday.

Robinson plays at Paul VI in Fairfax, Va., which is where the newly hired Johnson coached as an assistant from 2007-2011 before spending a year at Towson.

Robinson confirmed his commitment via text message but was not available for further comment late Wednesday night. His coach at Paul VI, Glen Farello, said Robinson was mostly certain after his visit that he would commit to Indiana.

“He felt very strong about the opportunity he had to play for coach (Tom) Crean,” Farello said. “There was a lot of comfort level there with him and his staff and everything about Indiana basketball. There’s a lot to like obviously, and Stan just felt very comfortable. We’re excited for him. It might appear to have happened quick, but this has really been a process that has been going on for about a year with coach having the opportunity to see him and in addition, one of my former assistants joining his staff, that was extra benefit of the trust factor for the family.”

Farello said he cautioned Robinson not to commit to Indiana simply because Johnson was there, even though the two had known each other for some time. Johnson had actually recruited Robinson to play at Paul VI (recruiting to parochial schools is legal in the Washington D.C. area) and the two had been close since eighth grade.

“Between Kenny and Stan, there’s a bond there,” Farello said. “The important thing that I stressed to Stan and his family is that, it’s nice that Kenny’s there, but you’ve gotta feel comfortable with Coach Crean and the players and the environment and the distance and all of those factors. It’s an added benefit to have that relationship there. … But he was so thorougly impressed by Coach Crean and the entire set up that is IU basketball.”

Farello said Robinson was the “heart and soul” of a Paul VI team that went 35-3 this season and was rated the No. 12 team in the country at season’s end on ESPN’s Powerade Fab 50. Robinson was the team’s leading scorer with 14 points a game and also averaged six rebounds, four assists and three steals per game.

“He’s a playmaker, he’s not just a scorer,” Farello said. “He can create his own but he can also create for others. He shares the game. He’s emotional, kind of a blue collar, hard hat-wearing type kid. He has the skill set. He’s one of the best rebounding guards I’ve ever had. He’s an energy guy. He can defend. Last year Larry Brown had a workout that he was at. There was a pickup game at one of those, and Larry just commented about he was impressed by (Robinson’s) on-the-ball defense. That’s quite a compliment when he’s out there with a bunch of college kids.”

Robinson’s next step, Farello said, is to become a better shooter, especially from beyond the arc.

“The biggest thing he has done is improve his catch-and-shoot ability,” Farello said. “You can see it with his range. He shot the ball well from 3-point range this year. He was at about 34 percent. That’s OK from 3-point range, we just want to see that increase. We want to get those numbers up and see if he can’t be more of a sniper. He has a great first step, and he has a great mid-range game.”

Robinson becomes the fourth member of Indiana’s Class of 2013. He joins Warren Central forward Devin Davis, Cathedral swingman Collin Hartman and Germantown (Wis.) center Luke Fischer. The Hoosiers are still targeting BeeJay Anya a center from DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md. Anya is a teammate of Robinson’s on Team Takeover, the Washington, D.C.-based summer travel team that Johnson once coached and that also counts Indiana guards Maurice Creek and Victor Oladipo as alums.

Robinson’s commitment makes for yet another interesting scholarship situation for the Hoosiers. Indiana currently has 15 players set to be on scholarship for the 2013-14 season, two over the NCAA limit. Of course, that presumes that coveted prospect Cody Zeller will stay until his junior year and not enter the NBA draft. It also presumes that guard Maurice Creek, who missed all of last season with a torn Achilles tendon and about half of each of the previous two seasons with fractured knees, will come back healthy and opt to stay for a fifth year.

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288 comments:

  • Dunbar says:

    He’s a lefty, which is noteworthy.

  • Aruss says:

    The scrimmages between The Movement I & The Movement II will be awesome.

  • Sam says:

    I like the kids they are getting. Kids who will be in the systems for more than 2 years. This is a solid class and if Beejay decides to join them it will be a fantastic class.

  • real iu fan says:

    Where are all these magic schollys going to be available? Some young kids are going to be cast off- not good for our image or their self esteem. How about 2014–are Blueitt and Lyle off the radar? Is Blackmon going to be happy? Are Creek,Etherington, and Abell on the bubble? What happens to Patterson? Stay tuned.

  • Aruss says:

    Cody, Vic and Hanner will be in the NBA after next season. There are your schollys so stop whining.

  • Laffy says:

    I doubt Hanner leaves after one year since he will be so raw.

    Yes, the NBA drafts on potential, but by staying another year, he could move up much higher

  • bball purist says:

    “Johnson had actually recruited Robinson to play at Paul VI (recruiting to parochial schools is legal in the Washington D.C. area)”

    Where is Parochial school recruiting of players illegal? It is fine to recruit in every major city I know of…

  • BeatPurdue says:

    Come on Dustin. We all realize that no one in authority ever measures a HS kid or gets his real weight. But how can you say “6’3/180” AND “6’4/185” in the SAME article? If you are going to just make it up then say “6’3.5/182.5”. Many will assume that you really do know something-but you and I will know differently!

  • Chet says:

    Dustin steal your lunch money? Looks like an editing issue to me.

    Calling Dustin a know nothing is pretty ridiculous. If anything he’s a grinder.

  • Caleb says:

    Stan the Man. I like what this kid brings to the table from everything I’ve heard and seen. Sounds like the total package to me, just needs to continue to add weight and strength this coming year as well as the shot. Love the fact that he’s a nice defender on the perimeter. He fits with the strategy now…..length, speed, athletic.

  • Ouch. My bad Beat Purdue. That’s really weak on my part. One was the measurements I got from the coaches, the other was the numbers on the Rivals site. Thanks for pointing that out.

  • Geoff says:

    It is illegal for parochial schools to recruit in Maine…

  • Chet says:

    Geoff, how do they enforce that? Are they all under the same governing body. In NC the public schools fall under one organization and the private another. A few private schools choose to play under the public schools authority as a private schools’ championship is sort of snickered at. We have a local private school that just won a state championship in football that would be hard put to keep my kids’ former (4A) high school from scoring on every play.

    Then again, we have Christ School and Oak Hill comes to town, as well.

    So, how do they enforce that?

  • Geoff says:

    The Maine Principals Assoc oversees all the schools, and there aren’t enough parochials to have a private school league. Cheverus HS is a Jesuit school and plays in the highest class in all sports (Class A) and have dominated in almost all sports. They have had multiple state championships in just about every sport over the last 5 years – soccer, football, basketball, baseball, lacrosse – you name it. They aren’t allowed to “recruit” for sports, but because they have such a reputation for success and a great network with Jesuit colleges they attract a lot of the top athletes around. They also send more kids out on college scholarships than any other school. They are definitely scrutinized by the MPA and constantly are being accused by rival schools parents and communities of recruiting, but they have never been found “guilty”…

    The one easy way around that is for the kids themselves to recruit their friends. About 25% of the states population is within 15 miles of Portland, where Cheverus is. So almost all of the kids know each other, certainly all the successful athletes, whether it’s from playing on club teams, AAU, Babe Ruth league, etc. So they just recruit each other a lot of the time.

    There are other private and parochial schools, but they aren’t as high profile, nor as successful in athletics in their respective classes (B, C, D). All of these schools obviously recruit in a general sense, but they aren’t allowed to recruit specific individuals.

    I don’t know specifically how the MPA enforces this, but I do know they can, and have, investigated accusations, and have the power to strip wins, titles, or future tournament eligibility similar to the NCAA.

  • Chet says:

    Doesn’t sound like it makes for very much competition.

  • Geoff says:

    Some people certainly have your opinion, but if they aren’t breaking the rules what can you do? I know the coaching staff there (basketball) very well, and they are men of extremely high character in my opinion. My former college coach has been a volunteer assistant there since his son was a sophomore (8 yrs), and just took over as head coach this summer. He is a mentor and father figure to me and I hold him in as high esteem as anyone I’ve ever met. I know with great conviction that he will not break any rule, nor put up with any rule being broken, in an attempt to run a winning program.

    The man he took over for, Bob Brown, was the head coach at BU, and took my college to the Final Four just before I got there. His son, Brett, is the head coach of the Australian National Team and is a current assistant coach for the Spurs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Brown

    So it is a combination of great coaching and talent. Success has attracted more talent, and it’s just been a self-fulfilling situation.

    They don’t win every sport every season of every year, so it isn’t completely “unfair”, but they have been as successful as any athletic department in the state for at least the last decade.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies says:

    The hundreds of strong public schools(one large high school in small towns, 2-3 high schools in mid-sized towns, 4-6 in smaller cities) that used to be a part of an Indiana Basketball landscape the one class basketball tournament was the lifeblood that fueled the strong passion in hoops..Small towns in mostly rural areas would develop heated rivalries…The mid-size cities would have their own crosstown battles(e.g. South Bend Adams vs. South Bend Washington, Gary Mann vs. Gary Roosevelt, Michigan City Rogers vs. Michigan City Elston)..

    So much of the spirit a section of a city or the communal pride a small town flourished upon the bond to their sports. Our cost savings mentality, our blind greed for profit to be put ahead of character and individuality, stole the wonderful differences and personality out of the economics and lifestyle this state.

    At some point we all decided it wasn’t worth the effort..Walmarts were built and tucked on the outskirts and in between small towns only distanced by 7-10 miles..The mega shopping giant immediately sucked the life out the ‘mom & pop’ retail shops every Main Street that once flourished hand-in-hand alongside the pride a high school named after the town. More cost savings came in the way of school consolidation and the holes left in the hearts our passion for local pride died with the dusty reality our dying towns..What did the name your team represent without the shoulders the town behind it?

    The final blow came when the IHSAA(with little choice all the pockets of depressed communities our newly built homogeneous land of Walmart, Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Super-Target suburbanization where towns abandoned in favor of strip malls anchored by nationally dominant retail chains could sell anything from swing-sets to a carton of eggs)decided it wasn’t worthy the effort to keep a one class system so identifiable the legendary stories, the heroes of hoops, that once grew out of many the dying towns and mid-sized cities.

    The pride was gone and the gyms were as bland and uninspiring the blacktopping of 10 acres of parkland just outside the town cemetery for the new Walmart that was sucking every car out of every driveway of every neighborhood. Towns were nailed-shut coffins and no longer beehives of bustling activity. Corporate greed built those coffins and they fed Americans the bait a saving a dime. Economics won out. Consolidation won out. We turned our back on suffering cities and kids that couldn’t escape the death of their towns and hardened neighborhoods. We killed the vitality that fueled the bond to our neighborhoods and our school names.

    The rich families can still send their kids to the best parochial schools; the rest not fallen in the cracks the dead streets of cities and vacuumed up towns our horded into the aisles of mega schools built alongside the mega church..just a stone’s throw from the mega Walmart.

    We pluralized and saved an almighty dollar. Now, in the brightly lit new high school gyms, serving the populous in miles and convenience instead of diversity our communities, the distinctions of old town pride is never heard in the death an empty diluted holler.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies says:

    oops.

    …the rest, not fallen in the cracks the dead streets of cities and vacuumed up towns, are horded into the aisles of mega schools built alongside the mega church..just a stone’s throw from the mega Walmart.

  • Chet says:

    I’m not saying they are doing anything wrong but that kind of dominance isn’t good for sport. Charlotte Independence used to have a dominating football program (Chris & CJ Leak, among other players). We took great pride when they came to the mountains and our team without a D1 player handed them their butts (well, not really, but we won).

    There really isn’t anything like that down here unless you count the private school leagues where a school like Christ School wins their 12 team statewide league every year for a state title that barely generates a mention in the paper.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies says:

    forgot my song for post #18..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94bdMSCdw20

  • TsaoTsuG says:

    Harvard…anyone who shares your view would and should applaud your conservatism. Yours is certainly an argument that makes it clear that what progressives really share is a mental disease.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies says:

    In memory of my high school’s Goldsborough Gym and the diverse flavor of Indiana high school hoops that died alongside the individuality and rivalries our cities and towns put to rest the quest corporate America to strangle your paycheck, strip your uniqueness, and sell it back to you in the savings a dime all under one roof your bland life.

  • Harvard for Hillbillies says:

    Tsao-

    I’m not in favor of a pigeonholed descriptive my many conflicting ideas..I won’t get into a long dissertation as to why, but I think my views are rooted in sociological perspectives and the destructive influences of ‘big business’ homogenizing systems(education, free markets, competition, community) and destroying individuality….I see my beliefs as the furthest thing from “conservatism” and “expansionism” in the political realm the usage of the word.

  • Ron (in Fl - but now in Indy) says:

    Thanks HH. Does bring back the old days. Martinsville was usually the site for the sectionals and off-on the reginals. Back in the 50’s & 60’s. Was an exciting long weekend with 6-8 different teams in town. If I remember right the old Martinsville gym had more seats than the population of the county. Even so, often the games were sold out or you needed to be a couple of hours early.

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