Stanley Robinson Biography – Wiki
Stanley Earl Robinson was a UConn legend and American professional basketball player for Español de Talca of the Liga Nacional de Básquetbol de Chile. He primarily played the small forward position but occasionally assumed the role of a power forward as well. He was the Former UConn star who has died; the school announced Wednesday morning. Robinson is among the better players in UConn history, having played four seasons for Jim Calhoun and totaled 1,231 points, 776 rebounds, and 130 blocks. Robinson was among the best dunkers and athletes in college basketball during his time with the Huskies (2006-10) and helped propel Connecticut to 2009 Final Four.
He was born on July 14, 1988, and died on July 22, 2020. He was at the age of 32.
Earlier Life and Career
Robinson was born and grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. Robinson played college basketball with the Connecticut Huskies.
He arrived at UConn in 2006 after being a highly regarded recruit; Robinson was Mr. Basketball 2006 in his home state of Alabama. But he didn’t immediately make a difference under Calhoun. This was a Huskies team two years removed from UConn winning a second national title, and Robinson was expected to be a big piece that could make a third championship a reality.
Upon his return, Robinson got better, made UConn better, and eventually turned himself into a second-round NBA pick in 2010 following his senior season.
Robinson spent the majority of his professional career playing in South America. He most recently was a member of Chilean outfit Español de Talca.
Robinson was selected with the 59th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft by the Orlando Magic. On August 16, 2010, Robinson signed a non-guaranteed, one-year contract with the Magic. However, Robinson was waived following the conclusion of the training camp in October 2010.
For the 2011–2012 season, Robinson played with the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League.
On October 17, 2013, Robinson signed with the Moncton Miracles of the National Basketball League of Canada (NBL). However, on February 5, 2014, he was released due to an injury. Robinson resigned with the Miracles on September 25 of that year.
On September 7, 2015, Robinson signed with Leones de Quilpué, a Chilean club that plays in the Liga Nacional de Básquetbol de Chile (LNB).
In November 2017, Robinson signed with Keflavík of the Icelandic Úrvalsdeild Karla. Disappointed by his physical shape, Keflavík announced on January 2, 2018, they had released him and signed Dominique Elliott in his place. In five games in the Úrvalsdeild, Robinson averaged 15.6 points and 10.4 rebounds.
In January 2018, Robinson signed with CEB Puerto Montt.
Wife and Children
Robinson was the father of three children and resided in the state of Alabama in the United States.
Death and Cause
Robinson died on July 21, 2020, at the age of 32.
Robinson was found dead in his home by his mother, Calhoun said. The cause of death has yet to be determined. His alma mater, Huffman High, announced his passing via Twitter.
“He was just a really, really sweet kid,” said Jim Calhoun, who recruited Robinson and coached him at UConn. “The world was harsh for him because they weren’t all like Stanley Robinson. He was such a caring, giving person.”