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2010 (Senior):HEADER STANLEY ROBINSON Small Forward University of Connecticut Huskies #21 6:06.5-213 Birmingham, Alabama Huffman High School Woodlawn High School
OVERVIEW One of the few four-year starters in the 2010 NBA Draft, Robinson was the perfect role player for the Huskies. He made a triumphant return to the team after taking a leave of absence due to personal reasons during the first semester of his junior season, finishing his career 30th in school history with 1,231 points.
Robinson was a member of the 2005 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival Red Team that finished 3-2 and won the bronze medal. He also averaged 8.3 points and 5.3 rebounds as a member of the United States Men's Under-18 National Team that won the gold medal in the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men from June 28-July 2nd in San Antonio.
Robinson began playing organized basketball as a freshman at Woodlawn High School. The team finished with a 17-17 record and made the regional finals, as he averaged 13.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 blocked shots per game.
He later transferred to Huffman High School, where his squad compiled a 22-10 record to reach the state tournament regional. As a sophomore in 2003-04, he averaged 16.5 points, 10.0 boards, 5.2 assists and 2.4 blocks.
Robinson was a finalist for the 2005 Alabama Mr. Basketball and Alabama Class 6A Player of the Year honors. He was named 2005 All-State first team and All-Metro, earning MVP honors at the 2005 area and regional tournaments. That season, he averaged 19.9 points, 9.3 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 3.0 blocks, as Huffman recorded a 27-7 record on the way to the Alabama Class 6A State Tournament Final Four.
Robinson led his team to a 29-7 record and a state Class 6A runner-up finish as a senior in 2005-06. He averaged 16.8 points and was named Mr. Basketball in Birmingham. He also added Parade and EA Sports All-American second-team accolades, was chosen ASWA Mr. Basketball, ASWA Class 6A Player of the Year, ASWA Super Five and ASWA All-State Class 6A first-team.
For his high school career, Robinson started all 136 games in which he played, compiling 2,044 points, 944 rebounds, over 500 assists, 250 steals and 300 blocked shots. He shot 60 percent from the field, 32 percent from three-point range and 82 percent from the foul line during his prep career.
Robinson contributed immediately upon his arrival at Connecticut in 2006-07. He played in all 31 games for the Huskies, starting in 13 at small forward. He averaged 5.1 points and 4.4 rebounds in 17.2 minutes per contest, reaching double-figures three times.
As a sophomore, Robinson saw action in all 33 games, starting 32. He averaged 10.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, as he led the team in scoring four times with 18 double-figure scoring efforts and five double-doubles.
The Huskies' 2008-09 season began without Robinson. He took a leave of absence during the first semester due to personal reasons. During his time away from school, he worked at a scrap metal yard not far from the Connecticut campus in Willimantic. He was battling a combination of medical and financial issues, so head coach Jim Calhoun told the 6-foot-9, 210-pound forward to take a leave of absence from the basketball program to gain some perspective and maturity.
"We told him to take the time off, told him he had to work," Calhoun said. "If he came back, he would have to pay for his semester with a Pell Grant, and he did." Calhoun said that Robinson was dealing with a "medical reason" last season, while Robinson emphasizes that it was more of a financial concern.
"It was a medical situation he needed medication for," Calhoun said. "The situation where he was not being able to do a lot of things focus-wise, otherwise, and everything was going to pot, to be quite honest with you. Everything was turning up in his life."
Robinson, who has two young daughters, emphasized the financial aspect of his situation. The girls are being raised in Alabama by their mother, whom Robinson described as his "high school sweetheart."
"My kids' daycare was $300 a piece for them, and I had to work for them," Robinson said. "So I pretty much had to handle my responsibility. It was more of a family problem than anything."
Whatever the case, last fall Robinson arose at 6 o'clock in the morning before putting in long, hard days stacking aluminum rims and separating copper for a weekly paycheck of $700. During his shift, he would impress his Spanish-speaking co-workers by shooting basketball-sized bails of plastic foam into a box from 15 feet away.
"He was throwing them in the box and making eight out of 10 from a good distance," Ruslan Inyatkin, Robinson's boss at the scrap metal yard, said last year. "It was pretty amazing. All the guys were watching. They got a kick out of it." After the shift ended at 4 p.m., Robinson would run 3-4 miles, lift weights and shoot baskets.
Robinson returned to the team in mid-December to average 8.5 points and 5.9 rebounds. But as the Huskies made their run to the Final Four in Detroit, Robinson hit another gear, averaging 14.8 points and 8.4 boards.
Robinson's final season at Connecticut was his finest, as he gained first-team USBWA All-District status. The veteran started all 34 games, posting averages of 14.5 points and a team-best 7.6 rebounds per game. He also shot a career-best from the field (.525), blocked 41 shots, handed out 34 assists and totaled 30 steals.
In a recent interview, coach Calhoun wasn't shy about promoting Robinson. He compared him to Syracuse's star junior wing Wesley Johnson, who put up 25 points and eight rebounds when the Orange demolished defending NCAA champion North Carolina in the Coaches vs. Cancer final at the Garden.
"I told him, the kid Johnson at Syracuse made things happen for Syracuse, and I think Stanley is at least as good, but he's got to start doing some of the same things that Johnson is doing," Calhoun said. "He can do so much for his family and himself that I really want it for him very badly, and he can do it because he has incredible ability."
UConn, which has thirteen former players in the NBA and has a long tradition of sending athletic big men to the league, from Emeka Okafor to Josh Boone to Hasheem Thabeet. "He put a lot of players in that league," Robinson said of Calhoun. For now, he says he's happy to be out of the scrap yard and back in college. "I'm just taking it a day at a time," he said. "Just playing basketball."
GAME ANALYSIS Scored 14 points in win over Northeastern...Had double-figures for the 34th-consecutive game with 14 points vs. Louisville, making it his second-consecutive double-double with 13 boards...Finished with 15 and 13 boards at West Virginia...Notched a double-double at Louisville with 14 points and 11 boards...Scored 17 points and grabbed 12 boards vs. Texas...Contributed 18 points vs. St. John's...Scored a team-high 19 points vs. Pittsburgh...Led the team with 16 points at Georgetown... Named to the Big East Honor Roll for the third-consecutive week on Jan. 4...Scored 22 points, making three three's in consecutive games at Cincinnati and vs. Notre Dame... Recorded 29 points vs. Iona... Posted third double-double effort of the season with 14 points and 12 boards...Named to the Big East Honor Roll after scoring 23 of his game-high 26 points vs. UCF...Missed out on double-double with 10 points and nine boards vs. Kentucky in the Big East/South-eastern Conference Invitational...Scored 18 points and contributed 12 rebounds vs. Harvard...Just shy of a double-double with 16 points and nine rebounds vs. Boston University...Contributed 14 points and 11 rebounds in win over LSU...Led all scorers vs. Colgate with 18 points...Finished vs. William & Mary with 17 points and seven rebounds.
GAME ANALYSIS 2008-09 SEASON Re-joined the squad on Dec. 14 after missing the first semester on a personal leave of absence...Played in 28 games, starting 24, and averaged 8.5 points (237 total) and 5.9 rebounds (166)...Averaged 14.8 points and 8.4 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament...Added 30 blocked shots and 17 steals while also doling out 33 assists...Shot 50.5 percent from the field (97-of-192) and 63.5 percent from the charity stripe (40-of-63)...Scored in double figures 10 times, including in each of his last six contests.
2008-09 SEASON Had 15 points and 13 rebounds in NCAA Final Four contest vs. Michigan State...Notched a double-double with ten points and 11 boards in the Sweet 16 win over Purdue...Added 24 points in NCAA First Round win over Chattanooga...Had 28 points and 14 rebounds in the Big East quarterfinal loss to Syracuse...Posted six points and 12 rebounds in the loss at Pitt...Had a season-best 19 points and added 10 rebounds in the win at Marquette...Had eight points, 10 rebounds and three blocks vs. Pittsburgh...Scored 18 points in the win over Providence...Had a career-best 15 rebounds in the win at West Virginia, adding seven points, four assists and three blocked shots...Made his first start of the season vs. Rutgers and had 11 points, seven rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots in 24 minutes of action...Played his first game of the year vs. Stony Brook, scoring seven points, grabbing five rebounds and blocking two shots in 16 minutes of action.
2009-10 SEASON Named first-team USBWA All-District...Started all 34 games at small forward, finishing third on the team in scoring with a career-high 494 points (14.5 per game), connecting on 203-of-387 field goals (52.5 percent) that included 27-of-79 shooting from three-point range (34.2 percent) and made 61-of-97 free throws (62.9 percent)...Led the squad with 260 rebounds (7.6 per game), as he blocked 41 shots, had 30 steals and came up with 34 assists...Scored in double in 31 contests and had a string of 34 consecutive games with at least 10 points (began with his last six games of the 2008-09 campaign).
2007-08 SEASON Robinson started 32-of-33 games, recording 343 points (10.4 per game) behind 47.1 percent shooting from the field (136-of-289), as he made 28-of-67 three-point attempts (41.8 percent)...Snared 214 rebounds (6.5 per game) while blocking a career-best 42 shots...Also had 18 steals and 39 assists...Led the team in scoring four times with 18 double-figure scoring efforts and five double-doubles.
2006-07 SEASON Appeared in all 31 games for the Huskies, starting in 13 at small forward...Averaged 5.1 points (157) and 4.4 rebounds (136) in 17.2 minutes per contest (534)...Reached double-figures three times, leading the team for the first time vs. Indiana with 21 points...Had 17 blocked shots, nine steals and 25 assists.
CAREER NOTES Ranks 30th in school history in scoring, totaling 1,231 points (9.8 per game), as he made 48.5 percent of his field goals (488-of-1,007), shot 35.1 percent from three-point range (74-of-211) and hit on 64.6 percent of his free throws (266-of-511)...Totaled 776 rebounds (6.2 per game) with 130 blocked shots, 131 assists and 74 steals while starting 102-of-126 games.
HIGH SCHOOL Attended Woodlawn (Ala.) High School as a freshman...Helped his team to a 17-17 record and the regional finals, as he averaged 13.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 blocked shots per game...Transferred to Huffman (Birmingham, Ala.) High School, where his squad compiled a 22-10 record to reach the state tournament regional...As a sophomore in 2003-04, he averaged 16.5 points, 10.0 boards, 5.2 assists and 2.4 blocks... Finalist for the 2005 Alabama Mr. Basketball and Alabama Class 6A Player of the Year honors...Named 2005 All-State first team and All-Metro, earning MVP honors at the 2005 area and regional tournaments...That season, he averaged 19.9 points, 9.3 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 3.0 blocks, as Huffman recorded a 27-7 record on the way to the Alabama Class 6A State Tournament Final Four...Led his team to a 29-7 record and a state Class 6A runner-up finish as a senior in 2005-06...Averaged 16.8 points and was named Mr. Basketball in Birmingham...Added Parade and EA Sports All-American second-team accolades, was chosen ASWA Mr. Basketball, ASWA Class 6A Player of the Year, ASWA Super Five and ASWA All-State Class 6A first-team...For his high school career, Robinson started all 136 games he played in, compiling 2,044 points, 944 rebounds, over 500 assists, 250 steals and 300 blocked shots...Shot 60 percent from the field, 32 percent from three-point range and 82 percent from the foul line during his prep career.
OTHER TOURNAMENTS/TEAMS SUMMER LEAGUE Member of the 2005 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival Red Team that finished 3-2 and won the bronze medal...Averaged 8.3 points and 5.3 rebounds as a member of the United States Men's Under-18 National Team that won the gold medal in the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men from June 28-July 2nd in San Antonio.
PERSONAL General Studies major...Son of Rosa Robinson...Born 7/14/88 in Birmingham, Alabama.
SCOUTING REPORT Positives: Long-limbed athlete with a seven-foot wingspan, 8-feet-11 1/2 standing reach and an explosive vertical leap (37 1/2-inch)...Has the court speed of a backcourt player (3.23 timing in the 3/4-court sprint), which allows him to create mismatches when challenged by the slower forwards...His court quickness helps him convert in transition and while he has the leg drive and slashing ability to finish around the basket, you would like to see him do a better job of drawing contact...Explodes off the ground and can hang in the air trying to feather the ball in the basket, go up to block a shot or deliver a resounding dunk...Surprising how he can handle four- and five- types on defense, especially considering his angular frame and just average strength (just six reps in the bench press tests)...Takes advantage of his lateral quickness and timing to keep himself well-positioned in front of the shooter...With his court speed and long arms, he has the ability to defend vs. multiple positions...Not a scoring option, as he is not effective at creating his own shot, but can connect with his mid-range jumper and from the perimeter (35.1 percent three-point shooter)...Needs to work on his post moves, but looks comfortable playing with his back to the basket...Good passer with the vision to locate the open man...Gets physical under the basket in attempts to get put-backs...Will face up with aggression when he gets to the ball under the rim...Equally impressive either using or setting up screens...Usually covered by smaller opponents and takes advantage of this mismatch to score inside the paint...Not really a perimeter shooter, but does show a nice spot-up jumper...Shows some ability to spin off his man and create contact in drives to the hoop, but has to be more consistent...Sets his feet well coming off screens and knows where to spot the seam to get past the opponent when the perimeter is too crowded to get off a clean shot...Even when giving up considerable bulk to the centers, he works hard to box them out and fight for rebounds.
Negatives: He's unable to draw regular contact to get to the foul line -- his mechanics are very inconsistent, especially with his follow-through, making his free-throw shooting is another weakness...Never likely to be a valid scoring option; he likes to shoot from the perimeter but does not get the elevation or quick release he will need to stop bigger NBA types from contesting his shot...Got a jolt of "real life" during his 2008-09 leave of absence from the team, but several NBA general managers might red flag him, as some question his makeup and mental toughness...Not very creative with his own shot, mostly due to inconsistent focus...Is a walking magnet for steals when he tries to put the ball on the floor with a very loose, high dribble...Best scoring on put-backs and inside opportunities, as he struggles to get a good handle on the ball to be effective shooting off the dribble...Takes too many shots from three-point range for a player lacking range...Has good drive to the basket, but his poor weight-room showing at the pre-draft camp has some teams convinced that if he does not improve his core strength, he's going to have bigger forwards feasting on him on drives to the basket...Needs to bulk up to play power forward at the NBA level, but has struggled in the past to maintain weight and needs to be versed in weight training...Lacks a good feel for the game and shows no creativity with the ball in his hands...Marginal ball-handler and more often than not, he will simply fire the ball into spots to avoid double teams.
Compares To: DARIUS MILES, ex Portland/Memphis -- Robinson has good athleticism, long reach, great wingspan and fine leaping ability, but lacks consistency -- you simply don't know what you will get from this guy. Like Miles, he's a tweener type who needs to be more aggressive. His focus remains a concern and for a forward that is supposed to have a strong inside game, he fails to draw contact and get to the charity stripe, where his free throw shooting mechanics are sorely lacking. Chances of getting into the first-round for him are slim, but he will likely be drafted.