Robbie Avila commits to Saint Louis in CBB Transfer Portal after Indiana State Stint

Indiana State star Robbie Avila is moving to Saint Louis, according to On3’s Joe Tipton. Avila succeeds head coach Josh Schertz, who was hired by Saint Louis after the end of the season.

Avila, a sophomore, averaged 17.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game for the Sycamores last year, leading the team to a 32-7 record and an NIT championship game appearance.

The Billikens went 13-20 last year before firing head coach Travis Ford.

Coming out of high school, Avila was a two-star prospect according to 247Sports, but his stellar play during the 2023-24 season made him one of the top transfers. He was considered a four-star transfer candidate by 247Sports and the No. 43 player in the portal.

While Avila likely had his pick of Power 6 schools, he said his relationship with Schertz ultimately led him to Saint Louis, according to the St. Louis Dispatch’s Stu Durando.

“I believed in him when he recruited me to Indiana State and things were going well there, so I didn’t see any reason to change it,” Avila said. “I was convinced from the beginning to follow him here. The main thing that draws me to him is that he is fair and honest and we have had a good deal in recent years.”

The college basketball fan favorite will be a big part of Saint Louis’ rebuild. He finished runner-up for the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and will have a good chance to take home the A10 Player of the Year award in 2024.

The news of Avila’s transfer comes after the Billikens’ star player from last season, Gibson Jimerson, announced he would return for his final season after entering the transfer portal. Jimerson averaged 15.8 points per game last year.

With Jimerson returning and Avila joining, Saint Louis could make a run at the NCAA Tournament next season.