Indiana State Star Robbie Avila Enters Transfer Portal

Indiana State standout Robbie Avila has officially entered the NCAA transfer portal, marking a significant shift for the Sycamores’ basketball program. Avila, who garnered attention for his unique style and impressive performance, announced his decision shortly after Indiana State’s season ended with a loss in the NIT Championship game against Seton Hall.

USA Today Network // Grace Hollars

Avila’s Impact and Reasons for Transfer

Robbie Avila, affectionately nicknamed “Cream Abdul-Jabbar” for his playing style and goggles, had an outstanding season, averaging 17.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game. His contributions were pivotal in leading Indiana State to a 32-7 record and a strong run in the NIT, despite missing out on the NCAA Tournament.

Avila’s decision to transfer comes on the heels of head coach Josh Schertz’s departure from Indiana State to take up the head coaching position at Saint Louis University. This coaching change significantly influenced Avila’s decision, as the NCAA allows a 30-day transfer window for players when their head coach leaves. Additionally, there was substantial interest from several Power 5 schools, but Avila opted to follow Schertz to Saint Louis, valuing the continuity and trust built over the past two years​.

Future Prospects

With two years of eligibility remaining, Avila is poised to make an immediate impact at Saint Louis. His performance at Indiana State demonstrated his potential to excel at a higher level, and his move is expected to bolster Saint Louis’s lineup significantly. Avila expressed gratitude to his teammates, coaches, and Indiana State fans, highlighting the special bonds and experiences he had during his time with the Sycamores​.

USA Today Sports // Jeff Curry

This transition marks a new chapter for both Avila and Indiana State’s basketball program. As Avila prepares to bring his talents to Saint Louis, Indiana State will look to rebuild and find new leadership to continue their competitive presence in college basketball.