Situational Statistics: This Yearís Small Forward Crop June 12, 2010 Stanley Robinson is a great athlete, and his overall 51.7% FG% ranks first in our rankings, but his 0.96 PPP is average and indicates his limitations from the perimeter and in terms of knowing how to draw fouls. The second best transition scorer at 1.36 PPP, Robinson is in a similar boat as Damion James. He finishes better than his Longhorn counterpart (1.26 PPP vs. 1.2 PPP), but is not quite as good as a jump shooter (0.87 PPP vs. 0.91 PPP). The difference between the two lies in Robinsonís athletic tools. Both players have the resumes of role-players, and it will be interesting to see how they are perceived closer to the draft. [Read Full Article] NBA Combine Interviews: Henry, Anderson, Babbitt, Jones, Robinson May 24, 2010
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Following a very disappointing junior season, Stanley Robinson is finally starting to realize his potential as a senior, giving NBA teams a preview of just how dynamic a player he can be at the next level. Heís posting career high numbers across the board, both in production and efficiency, while playing a leading role for the Huskies.
Physically, thereís not much new to add about Robinson from our previous reports, as he remains an elite athlete with outstanding length and good size for the combo-forward position at 6í9. Heís added a good amount of strength in his four years at UConn, but his wiry frame can probably hold a little bit more bulk if he wants to add it, though that wonít be much of an issue at the next level, as his effortless athletic abilities should translate quite well.
On the offensive end, Robinson has re-found his three-point shot, which fell off the face of the earth last season (3-for-23 from behind the arc). Heís shooting a career-high 45.5% from three, and although itís just on 1.1 makes per game, itís not difficult to project him developing into a reliable spot-up three-point shooter in the NBA. Robinsonís form when spotting up in rhythm is pretty good, though things break down severely when heís moving or has a hand in his face, as he has tendencies to not hold his follow through, not square his shoulders to the basket, and just not get proper balance, leading to many errant misses and much decreased efficiency.
An interesting thing to note about Robinsonís shooting is that while he has shown some nice success hitting shots from range, his free-throw shooting hasnít surpassed 67.2% in his four years in college, while heís shooting a career-low 62.3% this season. Judging by the inconsistencies in his shooting motion, thereís good reason to believe heís not near his potential as a shooter, both from the floor and from the line, and heís likely getting by mostly on natural ability at this point. Getting in the gym and really working on repetition and cleaning up some of his flaws could potentially take his shooting game to the next level.
Attacking the basket, Robinson has made some progress, looking a bit more comfortable handling the ball, though heís still erratic in isolation situations, not possessing great instincts or advanced moves in taking his man off the dribble. That said, with his strong body control, excellent athleticism, and ability to adjust with the ball in mid air, heís capable of making many impressive moves going to the hole when he gets an opening, namely on baseline drives. At the rim, heís an excellent finisher with his length and touch, and is even better playing off the ball where he can better make use of his explosive leaping ability.
Robinson has also done a good job of adding some mini-post moves to his game, things he can take advantage of either starting with his back to the basket or turning off of drives, where he does a good job of using glass from the 5-15 foot range to make some nifty turnaround jumpers.
On the defensive end, Robinson shows a good effort level overall, but you get the impression heís still not near his potential as a defender, mainly because of how often he can get the job done relying on just his physical tools at this level. When heís beat off the dribble on the perimeter, he often has just as good a chance to make the stop swatting the ball from behind, as he does an excellent job using his length and athleticism to swat shots in the lane. On the perimeter, he shows very good foot speed, flashes very good fundamentals, and does a great job using his length to contest shots, but he will need to lock in more consistently at the next level to be the elite defender heís capable of. In the post, he doesnít do the greatest job bodying up, lacking a bit in base strength, but does play to his strengths, keeping his hands up and using his length to block and contest shots.
Looking forward, Robinson has put himself firmly in lottery discussions with his improved play this season, and his physical tools and hustling style of play make it pretty easy to project him to the next level as at least a very versatile role player. There are still concerns about his intangibles stemming from (amongst other reasons) his inconsistent development and play in his four years at UConn, but his upside is still very high and a team in the late lottery could very well decide to take a flyer on him. [Read Full Article] Blogging through the Final Four (Part One) April 4, 2009 Possibly the most notable performance of this game, from either team, was the incredible outing by UConn forward Stanley Robinson, with 15 points, 13 rebounds and 2 blocks. He was a game changer on both ends of the floor with his remarkable athleticism, repeatedly coming up with incredible offensive rebounds from well above the rim, sometimes just hammering home tip-backs in highlight reel fashion. He also managed to knock down a 3-pointer, just his third of the season, a shot he took and knocked down very confidently. Robinson is an incredible asset to have in in-bounds situations, as heís the type of player you can just lob the ball up in the general vicinity of the rim and let him go get it, which he was more than willing to do tonight.
He also played tremendous defense, guarding multiple positions and absolutely smothering whoever he was with his outstanding combination of size, length and lateral quickness. The box-score only gave him two blocks, but it sure seemed like more based on the impact he had on every shot that was taken even remotely in his area. His poor skill-level was fairly evident with the 5 turnovers he committed, as heís not a good ball-handler or decision maker in half-court situations. Heís looking more and more like a Gerald Wallace type small forward, and if he decides to return next season, could be on the verge of a breakout season. [Read Full Article] College Road Report: Connecticut vs Pittsburgh March 11, 2009 Words cannot even begin to explain the struggles that Stanley Robinson has endured this season, but weíll try. After contemplating moving back to Alabama and not playing the first semester, he has played in the last 22 games and never come close to finding a groove. His game against Pittsburgh was no different.
Itís easy to see the outstanding potential that Robinson possesses. At 6í9 and with a long wingspan, he has a prototypical frame for either forward position. He has added a nice amount of muscle to his frame and is now around the 230 pound mark, also solid for a face the basket forward. Combine that with the athleticism he possesses and youíre looking at a player who really fits the bill of a serious NBA prospect.
That is where things have stopped for Robinson this season, though. After shooting 41% from the three point line as a sophomore, he is shooting the ball at a grizzly 6% from three this season. His ball handling skills have not improved at all, nor has his midrange game. Itís kind of tough to play the small forward position when struggling to have one single offensive skill that distinguishes you as a wing. Robinsonís offensive output this season has basically solely been buckets that were scored off of his athleticism.
A downright freak athletically, the Alabama native offers a great first step in addition to outstanding leaping ability. This allows him to get past defenders from time to time on the baseline and to the rim, despite his poor ball-handling skills. It also allows him to be a monster finisher above the rim, both in transition and in half court situations. The emerging perimeter skills that we started to see in small doses last season in Robinson just arenít there this season, for one reason or another.
A strong defender last year, he has struggled on that end this season as well. Though he has outstanding length and lateral quickness, he bites for every single ball fake and often loses focus on this end of hardwood. Itís made for a really tough situation at UConn because they have a player with all of the talent in the world, who seemingly canít find it this season.
Given his performance this season, Robinson should undoubtedly be returning to Storrs for his senior season. Having all of the makings of an NBA prospect, he is a player that will be followed closely by NBA scouts over the remainder of his career, in attempt to see if he will ever develop into the outstanding prospect he could potentially become. [Read Full Article] Top NBA Draft Prospects in the Big East (Part Three: #11-15) October 30, 2008 Much has happened to Stanley Robinson since we last wrote about him as a freshman. He had a promising sophomore campaign, one in which his scoring efficiency increased dramatically and he began to adapt to playing on the wing full time. Things changed, however, in the off-season, when he was suspended from the team for a semester due to academic and personal reasons. Coach Jim Calhoun has gone on record saying that Robinson is on the right track, but nobody will really know Robinsonís situation until January. That said, while his ability to reach his upside remains somewhat in doubt, there is no denying his potential as a basketball player.
Physically, there is nothing holding Robinson back. He stands at 6í9 and has reportedly added almost 25 pounds of muscle to his slight 212-pound frame. This is all without mentioning his huge wingspan. He is an elite athlete at the college level, with explosive leaping ability and good quickness in the open floor. He should also stand out at the next level with his combination of size and athleticism.
When we last wrote about Robinson, he was incredibly raw offensively, looking very much like a post-player attempting to transition to the wing. While that has not completely changed, he showed a lot of improvements last year, particularly numerically with his increased playing time and role on the team. Most significant are his shooting numbers. While heís still very much a spot shooter at this stage, there is no denying the fact that he shot over 50% from the field and over 40% from beyond the arc.
That said, as his sub 70% free throw percentage shows, his consistency could use a lot of work. Despite the fact that he gets good elevation, he releases the ball on his way down, after the peak of his jump. This causes him to push the ball and causes his already deliberate release to be even more prone to rejection. He falls away, also, usually in the direction of his shooting arm and shows further wasted motion by kicking out his legs during his motion. If he improves one thing next year, this is probably the most important. He has good touch around the basket, and certainly showed he could score more efficiently last season (raising his FG% by ten percent), but improving his shooting motion could do wonders for his offensive game.
So could improving his handle, or rather, simply learning how to dribble. Robinson often looked lost with the ball in hands, not knowing whether or not to shoot or pass. There was not much in between. On occasion, he put the ball on the floor and took the ball to the basket, but as shown in his dismal 2.7 trips to the foul line per 40 minutes-pace adjusted, he does not utilize his good first step or his outstanding athleticism around the basket nearly enough. His mid-range game is also almost non-existent, but last season he showed some hints of a pull-up jumpshot. Next season he is going to have to show that he can develop into a more versatile offensive player. He has made progress, but he has a lot of distance left to cover.
Defensively, he is actually very solid. Though he did not have the bulk last year to cover post-players effectively last season, he is a versatile defender and is capable of guarding multiple positions on the floor in both the post and on the perimeter. His lateral quickness and long arms allow him to harass defenders on the wing and he has the size to moonlight in the post. The problem seems to be consistency and focus. Sometimes Robinson simply gets lost on rotations, leaving his man open on the perimeter. Similarly, he bites on fakes, too, which on the perimeter lets his man drive to the basket and in the post gets him saddled with pointless fouls.
As a basketball player, Robinson showed a lot of improvement on both sides of the ball, which serve as a testament to his outstanding potential. There are not many players who were as raw as Robinson who improved as much as he did in a one-year span. Should he continue to work and improve, particularly his shooting form and his handle, he could develop into one of the best players in the Big East in a few years.
This is, of course, assuming that Robinson will be able to get his career back on track and re-enroll at Connecticut for second semester.
There is a lot of doubt swirling around Stanley Robinsonís ability to reach his potential at the next level, and that doubt will certainly factor into his future. There are the red-flags that were raised off of the record until Coach Calhoun announced his official suspension during the off-season. During first semester, Robinson will be taking online classes, working a job moving sheet metal, and trying to get his career back on track. After that, itís anyoneís guess. Assuming the best, the future holds much potential for Robinson, a player with incredible athletic ability and budding skills. The only question is whether he has the willingness to do what it takes to be a pro. [Read Full Article] NCAA Weekly Performers, 1/22/07-- Part One January 23, 2007 Throughout the season Stanley Robinson has displayed many flashes of potential, although in small increments. His production for Connecticut has been inconsistent so far, but he has to constantly fight for minutes in a young but talented front-court, without the support of an effective point guard to deliver the ball. Against Indiana, Robinson finally put everything together over a 32 minute stretch, and had his best game as a college player thus far.
Robinson used his athleticism early in the game, finishing on two thunderous dunk attempts inside. He continued to make impressive athletic plays near the basket throughout the game, and was able to finish strong or get to the line nearly every time. Robinson also displayed the ability to hit the set jump shot, and made his only attempt from behind the 3-point line. In the clutch, he made a number of plays to get to the basket, and collected a key rebound on the offensive end of the floor. His overall effort wasnít enough to lead UConn to the victory, but it was a good setting to get a look at what he has the potential to do.
Robinson measures around 6í9,Ē and already has an ideal body for an NBA small forward. He possesses more than enough athleticism for the next level, and uses it very well on the interior. His jumper works well when he can get his feet set, and his ability to put the ball on the floor is improving. Defensively, Robinson uses his quickness very well, and plays defense well at a couple positions in college. He can block shots coming from the weak-side, and this will only improve as he better learns how to rotate and position on defense. On the season, Robinson is shooting 50% on his 16 three point attempts, but only 69% from the free throw line.
Before Robinson is ready to play in the NBA down the road, he will need to become more proficient at scoring off the dribble, particularly when shooting. He already gets to the basket well at times, but sometimes looks a little mechanical when slashing to the hoop. When his feet arenít set, his shot looks a little different as well.
The biggest thing Robinson will need to do is put everything together on a consistent basis. Early in the season, he was used more sparingly, and would come in and display some fantastic flashes of potential, but struggle to produce over the course of the game. His production has increased as Coach Calhoun has given him more minutes, but he still has games from time to time where nothing is working. For example, in his very next outing on the road against Louisville, Robinson was held scoreless in 30 minutes of action.
Stanley has all the tools to develop into a first round draft pick over the next few years, but he will have to earn the playing time needed to develop his game on the court. Only now has he started to get minutes at the 3-spot for UConn after backing up Jeff Adrien at the PF spot, where he played in high school, and heís still making the transition to being a full-time wing. If he can maintain his spot in the rotation this season, he has a chance to be a very important contributor for UConn. [Read Full Article]