Stanley Robinson Continues To Raise His Game To New Levels

Daniel DinunzioAnalyst IJanuary 26, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 28:   Forward Stanley Robinson #21 of the Connecticut Huskies celebrates after winning the West Region by defeating the Missouri Tigers 82-75 in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the University of Phoenix Stadium on March 28, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Stanley Robinson continues to elevate his game to new levels. This UConn senior came back to school in hopes of winning a national title.

Although UConn is 13-6, 3-3 in conference, Robinson has a been a leader of this team since the season started. After the Huskies win or lose, the man known as "Sticks" has stood up to the questions.

To think that just one year ago Robinson was playing minimal minutes after leaving last semester to work in a metal factory is incredible. He continues to improve, and with a lack of depth on this team he needs to carry a large load.

There is no denying the athletic ability of Stanley Robinson. His jumping ability is evident in his spectacular dunks and amazing blocks on defense. When he is playing at his highest levels, he is nearly unstoppable.

The knock on Robinson is that he has gone through periods in games where he vanishes. He stops being a factor on the court, and during those times is when teams like Georgetown and Pittsburgh take leads on UConn.

Although it used to be far worse, Robinson has been a much improved player down low and on the perimeter. He is shooting just over 45 percent from behind the arc. This year he has already made 21 threes, after making only three last season.

The improvement in his jump shot has made him a much more dynamic player on the court. He is averaging just under 17 points a game, and is grabbing down 7.6 rebounds each contest.

The 6'9'' forward out of Birmingham, Alabama is logging almost 35 minutes a game for the Huskies. The core nucleus of UConn spends almost three fourths of the game out on the court.

NBA Scouts have become to take notice. Danny Ainge was in attendance at the XL Center at the end of December when UConn beat Notre Dame. 

In many mock drafts Robinson is projected as a mid first round pick. That draft stock could continue to rise if UConn keeps winning games against opponents like Texas. 

How UConn performs in March could have an impact on where Robinson lands in the NBA.

Regardless, his skill and talent doesn't go unnoticed in any game. He plays small forward, but his intensity and skills on court make his game that much better.

The success of Stanley Robinson has only begun.

A long tournament run in March is what he plans on helping this UConn team make their dreams a reality.

The dream is to get back to the Final Four, and this time get the job done.