Indiana State cult hero Robbie Avila is entering the transfer portal


TERRE HAUTE, IN - FEBRUARY 3: Indiana State Sycamores center Robbie Avila (21) shoots a free throw during the college basketball game between the Drake Bulldogs and the Indiana State Sycamores at the Hulman Center on February 3, 2024 in Terre Haute, Indiana.  (Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Indiana State University star Robbie Avila is looking for a new team.

The cult hero has entered the transfer portal after an outstanding second season. Avila averaged 17.4 points per game and shot nearly 54% from the field as Indiana State narrowly missed the NCAA Tournament.

Thanks to his sports glasses and the nickname “Cream Abdul-Jabbar,” the 6-foot, 250-pound center became an Internet sensation when the Sycamores won the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title. But Indiana State failed to reach the NCAA Tournament as they lost 84-80 to Drake in the MVC Tournament title game. Indiana State was then passed over for March Madness by teams like Virginia and Boise State despite only six losses in the regular season.

After missing the NCAA Tournament, Indiana State accepted a bid to the NIT and advanced to the title game. The Sycamores lost 79-77 to fellow NCAA Tournament teammate Seton Hall on Thursday.

Two days after the NIT title game, Indiana State coach Josh Schertz was officially hired as the new head coach in St. Louis. The Billikens fired Travis Ford at the end of a 13-20 season and haven't been to the tournament since 2019.

Schertz's departure has led to a wave of portal activity. With Avila now exploring a transfer, all five of Indiana State's starters are in the portal. Each of these starters averaged at least 11 points per game and started at least 37 of Indiana State's 39 games.