Stanley Robinson, a former star forward for the University of Connecticut’s basketball team, passed away suddenly on Monday, July 21, 2020, at his home in Birmingham, Alabama. He was 32 years old. His cause of death has not been revealed yet, and an autopsy is pending toxicology results and microscopic studies. According to CNN, his body was found by his mother.
A Brilliant Career Cut Short
Robinson, who was nicknamed “Sticks” for his slender physique, played for the UConn Huskies from 2006 to 2010. He helped the team win 90 games, including a 31-5 record in 2008-09, when the Huskies reached the Final Four. He scored 1,231 points and grabbed 776 rebounds over his four-year UConn career. He was known for his athleticism, his offensive rebounding, and his explosive finishing.
Robinson was drafted by the Orlando Magic in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft with the 59th overall pick. However, he was waived on the last day of training camp and never played in the NBA. He continued his professional basketball career in various countries, such as Canada, Iceland, Chile, and Uruguay. However, injuries eventually ended his career.
A Gentle Soul Remembered by Many
Robinson’s death shocked and saddened many people who knew him or admired him. His former coach at UConn, Jim Calhoun, said in a statement that he was “truly heartbroken” and that Robinson was “a beautiful person, caring and giving.” He also praised Robinson’s resilience and loyalty, as he stayed with the team even after being suspended for a semester for academic reasons.
The UConn men’s basketball team posted a tribute on Twitter, saying that Robinson was an even greater person than a player and that he will always be a Husky. Many former teammates and opponents also expressed their condolences and shared their memories of Robinson on social media.
Robinson is survived by three daughters. His family has not announced any funeral arrangements yet.