(Updated at 9:10 p.m.)
Stanford Robinson, an Indiana recruit and second-team All-Met last season at Paul VI Catholic, announced via his Twitter account on Wednesday he was transferring from the Fairfax school to Findlay Prep, a national power based in Nevada.
Robinson averaged a team-leading 13.5 points last season for Paul VI, which went 35-3, won its first WCAC title and finished as the Washington area’s top-ranked team.
“Paul VI is a great school, it’s just I felt like I needed to play in a great situation,” Robinson said. “That’s what Findlay Prep is, it’s just a higher notch, one notch up. Taking my game to another level. I feel like it could prepare me more than Paul VI could give me.”
Robinson, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound guard, said he did not consult with any of his coaches on the decision, and made the choice to transfer on Tuesday night before informing Paul VI Coach Glenn Farello and Indiana Coach Tom Crean on Wednesday. Robinson informed Farello about an hour before he tweeted the decision, he said.
“This decision was really between my mom and my dad and my little brother,” Robinson said. “We made it as a family decision. We didn’t sit down with anybody to get their take on it. We felt like with the connections and politics in basketball, you never know who you can trust nowadays. We just decided to make it a family thing.”
Farello said Robinson was in good academic standing at Paul VI.
“Stan has been a big part of our program and we’re going to miss him and we wish him well,” Farello said. “Today was our first workout together as a team, and the kids are excited about the prospects of this year. We talked it being an opportunity for some of these kids to step up.”
Paul VI graduated All-Met Player of the Year Patrick Holloway, All-Met forward Coleman Johnson and senior guard Tilman Dunbar, a trio that rounded out the team’s top four scorers along with Robinson. This season, Robinson was expected to lead a group that also featured standout sophomore forward Marcus Derrickson and six other returning players as Paul VI looked to defend its WCAC title.
Robinson was suspended for the City Title Game last season after violating school rules.
Robinson said his decision was influenced to a small degree by former Gonzaga guard Nate Britt’s decision to transfer to Oak Hill Academy. Britt will play for North Carolina.
Robinson will fly to Nevada to join the team on Sunday, he said.
“I just feel like I needed to advance my game,” Robinson said. “And every night I’ll be going against bigger and better players and I think that’ll help me.”