Hoosiers tap D.C. area again


The Indiana Hoosiers constructed another pipeline and it paid off in the form of 2013 wing Stanford Robinson (Fairfax, Va./Paul VI).

Robinson, ranked No. 46 in the ESPN 60, committed to the Hoosiers over Villanova. In picking Tom Crean’s Big Ten program, Robinson became the third basketball player from Team Takeover to make the transition to Bloomington. In the fall of 2013, he’ll join former Takeover and Paul VI assistant – now IU assistant – Kenny Johnson.

Maurice Creek and Victor Oladipo, former Takeover standouts, helped pave the way for Robinson to Indiana.

“When Vic went there he was still under construction,” Robinson said. “Seeing the complete turnaround he made, that kind of opened my eyes a lot. Seeing coach Crean and what he was able to do opened my eyes.”

Robinson, who averaged 14 points, six rebounds and four assists for the WCAC champions, is under construction but his coach sees what direction his star is headed. “He’s got a long ways to go but his versatility, his development and his potential … he’s got all the pieces. He’s a winner. He’s got the work ethic and he’s got the tenacity for it.”

The Indiana Hoosiers have themselves a wing who embraces defense. He’s a sleek shot-maker and facilitator.

Indiana constructed its program with talent from a deep pool of Indiana Elite players. Now Crean and his staff have themselves a foothold in the D.C. corridor with three players and a coach. They remain contenders for another Takeover player, center BeeJay Anya (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha Catholic). DeMatha is where Oladipo played high school basketball.