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Rhode Island lands transfer guard from Indiana

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Rhode Island picked up another transfer this week as former Indiana sophomore Stanford Robinson committed. The 6-foot-4 sophomore is a former top-60 national prospect and will get a chance to restart his career.

After sitting out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer restrictions, Robinson has two more seasons of eligibility remaining.

A native of Maryland, Robinson averaged 3 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game last season and saw his minutes decline from his freshman season. He also shot 33 percent from the field and was 0-for-10 from 3-point range during the season.

The Rams have been active in the transfer market recently under head coach Dan Hurley. They took in Memphis forward Kuran Iverson, who will be eligible by midseason and Towson graduate transfer Four McGlynn will also be available for next season.

Stanford Robinson to transfer out of Indiana

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Indiana announced on Wednesday that former top 60 recruit Stanford Robinson will be transferring out of the program.

“I am grateful to Coach Crean, the assistant coaches and staff and my teammates for helping me become a better man,” said Robinson. “I hope to find something that is closer to family and where I can have more of an impact on the court. I’ve loved everything about being at IU and am thankful for the support of Hoosier Nation.”

Robinson averaged 4.7 points in his two seasons with Indiana, but he saw his playing time dwindle this season, down to 11.9 minutes. Indiana’s release says that Robinson is looking to get more playing time at a program closer to him Maryland home.

“I respect Stan’s desire to contribute more on the court and understand that the opportunity to play closer to your family is something he would like to have happen,” head coach Tom Crean said in a statement. “I think he has grown a great deal and matured in the two years he has been a part of the program and I hope he takes his experiences at Indiana University to remind him of what he can accomplish not only as a basketball player, but as a human being.”

What if today was college basketball’s trade deadline?

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In honor of today’s NBA trade deadline, where far too many people will spend the day obsessing over where Goran Dragic, Enes Kanter and Reggie Jackson will end up, we give you college basketball’s deadline deals. 

If teams at the collegiate level were allowed to swap players, what are some moves that could help turn pretenders into contenders, or contenders into favorites? Here are six trades that would fill holes on the roster of both teams:

1. North Carolina’s Isaiah Hicks for Cal’s Jordan Mathews

  • UNC makes this trade because: The Tar Heels have plenty of bodies up front. What they need is another player on their perimeter that can knock down jumpers. Mathews is shooting 45.0 percent from three on the season, meaning he is a guy that would allow Marcus Paige to play on the ball more.
  • Cal makes this trade because: They need help on the interior. Badly. Losing Mathews is not exactly ideal, but with Jabari Bird on the perimeter as well, they have the depth to be able to make a change. The Bears are not as far out of the bubble picture as you might think, and adding this piece for the stretch run could be the difference.

2. Ohio State’s Kam Williams for Texas’ Prince Ibeh

  • OSU makes this trade because: Ibeh is as big, as physical and as athletic as any front court player in the country. He can block shots, he can run the floor and he can go blow-for-blow in the post with anyone. Texas can spare him because he plays essentially the same role as Cameron Ridley, who is worlds better offensively, but Ohio State would make use of him as the shot-blocking presence that allows them to extend their defense.
  • Texas makes this trade because: One of the issues for Texas this season is that they have too many big bodies and not enough scoring pop in their back court. Williams is a streaky shooter, but he’s a guy with a reputation for being a big-time scorer that can provide scoring pop off the bench or from a starting role.
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3. Washington’s Nigel Williams-Goss for Louisville’s Shaqquan Aaron

  • Washington makes this trade because: This season is a bust for Washington, who watched as their chances to make the NCAA tournament disappeared when Robert Upshaw got the boot. They need to start over, and what better was to do that than by bringing in a former top 30 recruit from Seattle. Aaron was lambasted by Pitino after the loss to Syracuse on Wednesday, meaning he may be out the door already. Why not try and get something in return?
  • Louisville makes this trade because: The biggest issue for Louisville this season? They don’t have a lead guard on their roster that makes everyone else better. Terry Rozier is extremely talented, but he’s a scorer first, second and third. Chris Jones is an elite defender, but he’s a gunner that wants to be Russ Smith. Nigel Williams-Goss is not an ideal fit defensively for Rick Pitino, but he’s one of the nation’s most underrated point guards, a guy that will get easy shots for some of his new, offensively-challenged teammates.

4. BYU’s Skyler Halford for San Diego State’s Angelo Chol

  • BYU makes this trade because: The Cougars need some physicality in the paint, and Chol will provide that. He’s not really a low-post scoring threat, but he blocks shots, he rebounds, he plays hard and he’ll provide a big, physical body in the paint to help deal with guys like Brad Waldow and Gonzaga’s front line. He can be to BYU what Jameel McKay is to Iowa State.
  • SDSU makes this trade because: The Aztecs cannot score. They lack elite shooting and they don’t have enough playmakers on their roster to help breakdown a defense. Halford is a knock-down jump shooter and a better creator than he gets credit for, and he’s an expendable piece for the Cougars given how many talented perimeter players are on that roster.

5. Syracuse’s Rakeem Christmas for Kansas’ Svi Mykhailiuk

  • Syracuse makes this trade because: The Orange literally are not playing for anything this season beyond pride, thanks to the ludicrous decision that the school made to self-impose a postseason ban for this year. That means that Christmas, a senior having an all-american caliber season, is a valuable piece. Mykhailiuk is a freshman, but he’s only 17 years old. He’s long, he’s athletic and he can shoot, meaning he’ll fit in the Orange zone, and he needs at least one, maybe two more years in college before he’s ready to go pro.
  • Kansas makes this trade because: The one thing the Jayhawks are missing this season is a true low-post scoring threat, and that’s precisely what Christmas is. He’d take the pressure off of their perimeter players, and while giving up Mykhailiuk means giving up a terrific prospect, it would make Kansas a real national title contender versus being a streaky shooting team with a shot at the Final Four.

6. Indiana’s Stanford Robinson for Louisiana’s Shawn Long

  • Indiana makes this trade because: Indiana has been forced to play small-ball this season because of their lack of size in the paint. They spread the floor, they jack up threes and they are as entertaining as any team in the country when those threes are going down. But they’re also the worst power conference team on the defensive end of the floor, and Long should help that. He’s a 6-foot-9 shot-blocker that can score on the block and has three-point range.
  • Louisiana makes this trade because: Losing Long hurts, but adding Robinson might end up being more valuable. Remember, this is the program that turned Elfrid Payton into a lottery pick, and while Robinson is a different player than Payton, the former top 30 recruit can still be a dynamic slasher from the wing. He’s fallen out of favor at Indiana, averaging just 11 minutes.

Troy Williams, Stanford Robinson apologize for positive drug test

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No coach in the country felt his seat heat up faster than Indiana head coach Tom Crean.

He had one player (that was underage and had been drinking) put another player (that was underage and had been drinking) in the hospital for weeks with a serious head injury after accidentally hitting him with his car. Two days later, news broke that two of his players would be suspended after a positive drug test over the summer. This came on the heels of two incidents, involving three players, where a Hoosier ran afoul of the law in a situation that involved alcohol.

All in all, six players got in trouble for offenses that included a DWI (Hanner Mosquera-Perea), using a fake ID (Yogi Ferrell and Stanford Robinson), driving after drinking while underage (Emmitt Holt) and failing a drug test (Robinson and Troy Williams). That doesn’t include Devin Davis, who was released from the hospital this week.

Indiana fans were not happy. Players cannot be running around Bloomington like they own the place when the team isn’t winning. People gladly make excuses for college kids — Oh, it was just some weed! Everyone has a fake ID! — that mess up when they’re Final Four contenders. When they’re not, they start to call for the coach’s head. The distractions a program will tolerate directly correlate with talent level.

Back to the point on Wednesday, Williams and Robinson became the first members of that group to publicly apologize for what they did beyond a tweet or an instagram post.

“I know we let a lot of people down, teammates, coaching staff, family and definitely the fans,” Robinson told Dana O’Neil of “But I think we’ve learned from it. Before I think we had a little idea of what it means to put on an Indiana jersey. Once this all happened and it went public, we saw what it really means to be a Hoosier.”

They even acknowledged just how much their actions hurt their coach.

“He went through a lot more than we had to go through,” Williams told O’Neil. “The fact that he kept us through all of this, we’re just grateful.”

Those two are saying all the right things, but it’s easy to say the right thing when you’ve been coached. The only way to know if they’re serious about it is to see if they stop doing dumb stuff in the future.

And an apology will only get you so far.

It’s not going to change the opinion of an Indiana booster pissed about missed the tournament last season and embarrassed to see the players getting in trouble. It’s not going to get Crean off the hot set.

The only way to apologize for that is to win games.

Williams and Robinson will be eligible on Thursday night when the Hoosiers host No. 22 SMU.

Suspended Indiana players reach out to fans via social media

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Indiana has had a troublesome start to the month of November. Three players have been suspended for the first two regular season games, and since Thursday, a pair of those players have used social media to reach out to the IU faithful and express remorse.

On Nov. 3, it was announced that sophomores Troy Williams and Stanford Robinson would miss four games — two exhibition and two regular season games — after failing drug tests this summer. It was the last thing Tom Crean needed during a taxing week. Those suspensions came days after Devin Davis was struck by a vehicle driven by teammate Emmitt Holt.

On Thursday evening, Williams used his Instagram page to send this message, attached to the Indiana team photo:

“Throughout all the adversity we done went through, we still here and standing. Let’s start the season off right tomorrow family.”

Robinson followed with a message of his own on Friday morning, also from his Instagram page:

“I am always being watched, so every little decision I make is critical. Young ones look up to me. I have to be somebody they can look up too. I’ve made bad decisions but my bad decisions do not define who I am. At the end of the day I’m a regular person but to be playing for Indiana I have to understand it is a privilege to wear the candy stripes and I apologize #Hoosiernation for the embarrassment. But I’m ready to move on from that and be a better Hoosier!”

Williams averaged 7.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game last season. Robinson scored 6.4 points and 2.5 boards a contest during his freshman season. They’ll both be eligible to play on Nov. 20 against SMU.

Indiana, which finished 17-15 (7-11 Big Ten) in 2013-14, begin the new season against Mississippi Valley State on Friday night.

Report: Pair of Indiana sophomores suspended due to failed drug tests

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A pair of Indiana sophomores has been suspended due to failed drug tests, according to a report from ESPN‘s Jeff Goodman.

Sophomore wing Troy Williams and sophomore forward Stanford Robinson are the two suspended sophomores and both of them were expected to be contributors this season for Indiana. Head coach Tom Crean later announced on his radio show that Williams and Robinson would be suspended for four games each due to the failed drug tests.

Emmitt Holt, the freshman forward responsible for hitting sophomore teammate Devin Davis, was also suspended four games. Holt was cited for illegal consumption and operating a vehicle with a BAC above 0.02.

The 6-foot-7 Williams is probably the team’s best athlete and averaged 21.5 minutes per game and 7.3 points, 4.4 rebounds on 50 percent shooting. Williams was likely going to start on the wing this season and with improved three-point shooting from 20 percent, could have been a key player.

Robinson was competing for backcourt minutes after averaging 16.9 minutes per game last season. Robinson put up 6.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1 assist per game on 44 percent shooting and 18 percent three-point shooting.

Indiana is already facing issues after missing the NCAA Tournament and Devin Davis being hit by teammate Emmitt Holt’s vehicle in an accident. Without Williams and Robinson early, Indiana will have to rely on a lot of unproven players.