Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Indiana has landed a commitment from 2013 shooting guard Stanford Robinson of Paul VI of Fairfax, Va.
The 6-foot-4, 185-pound left-hander reportedly chose the Hoosiers over Maryland, Texas and Villanova.
“He felt very strong about the opportunity he had to play for coach (Tom) Crean,” Paul VI coach Glen Farello told the Herald Times.
“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.”
New Indiana assistant Kenny Johnson was an assistant at Paul VI from 2007-11, which was a key factor in his decision.
“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.”
Robinson averaged 14 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals for a Paul VI team that finished 35-3.
“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 joins Warren Central forward Devin Davis, Cathedral swingman Collin Hartman and Germantown (Wis.) center Luke Fischer in Indiana’s 2013 class.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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