Former UConn star forward Stanley Robinson died in Birmingham, Alabama, on Tuesday, the Jefferson County Coroner's Office confirmed. He was 32.
Robinson played four seasons for Jim Calhoun from 2006-10, finishing his collegiate career with 1,231 points, 776 rebounds and 130 blocks. Robinson helped take the Huskies to the Final Four in 2009.
Robinson was found unresponsive by family in a family residence, Jefferson County's Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Yates told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday. Stanley was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:56 p.m. ET and an autopsy is being performed Wednesday, according to Yates. There were no signs of trauma or foul play, Yates said.
Stanley Robinson played four years at UConn. (Photo: Chris Morrison, USA TODAY Sports)
"The UConn Basketball family grieves the loss of the great player and an even greater person, Stanley 'Sticks' Robinson," the UConn men's basketball team said on Twitter. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Stanley's family at this difficult time."
Robinson has remained connected to the area, playing in the Great Hartford (Connecticut) Pro-am during some summers and working at summer camps with kids, according to the Hartford Courant, which said he has maintained ties with Calhoun. The former UConn coach was helping Stanley find a job in Connecticut, according to the Courant.
"He was certainly one of the great athletes I've coached," Calhoun told the Courant. "I spoke with him on Monday. I don't think there's been a three or four week period where I haven't talked to him since he left UConn."
Robinson was drafted by the Orlando Magic in the second round of the 2010 NBA draft but was released from the team at the end of camp. He played in the developmental league, professionally in Canada and overseas before suffering a series of injuries.
The UConn Basketball family grieves the loss of a great player and an even greater person, Stanley “Sticks” Robinson. Our thoughts and prayers are with Stanley’s family at this difficult time 🙏
Rest In Peace, Sticks. pic.twitter.com/ihm5z0h1OK
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