The school announced Robinson’s decision in a press release from the IU media relations department.
The announcement comes just five days after Robinson told reporters in the locker room following the 81-76 loss to Wichita State in the NCAA Tournament in Omaha that he had no intentions of leaving.
When I asked him point blank he seemed a little surprised by the question. He then shook his head and said “I’m not going anywhere.’’
Apparently he changed his mind.
Robinson’s last year has been a difficult one. He was arrested last April along with teammate Yogi Ferrell outside of Kilroy’s in Bloomington for underage drinking and possessing a fake I.D. Robinson was 18 at the time.
Then, right before the season began he was given a four-game suspension along with teammate Troy Williams, for allegedly failing multiple drug tests.
His season took a downward turn, too. After playing an average of nearly 17 minutes per game as a freshman, Robinson averaged 11.4 minutes per game this season.
As a freshman, Robinson seemed to get hot during the Big Ten portion of the season. He had seven games in conference play his first year where he scored in double figures including a 17-point effort against Iowa. This season, he reached double figures in scoring one time and that was a 12-point effort against Penn State.
His decision to go elsewhere is not a surprise. In fact, it is probably in the best interests of both parties for Robinson and IU to part ways. Robinson wants a fresh start in an environment closer to home (he’s from Landover, Md.) and he should be able to get that. He’ll have to sit out a year and then will have two years of eligibility elsewhere.
And the reality with IU is with the Hoosiers oversigned by two players in the upcoming class, there were going to have to be some decisions made on that front any way. The timing of it though, gives the impression that this was Robinson’s idea and he now wants extra time to figure out what his next destination will be.
It was expected to be an interesting offseason for Indiana basketball and with Robinson’s announcement today, it has clearly already begun.