Internet Dubs College Player ‘Cream Abdul-Jabbar’ After He Dropped 35 Points for Indiana State

Indiana State center Robbie Avila has a new nickname courtesy of social media.

Basketball player in Indiana State uniform dribbling the ball on the court
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Basketball player in Indiana State uniform dribbling the ball on the court

Indiana State center Robbie Avila has taken the internet by storm after highlights from his impressive game against Evansville made the rounds online on Thursday.

Avila, who has been dubbed “Cream Abdul-Jabbar,” scored 35 points, grabbed eight rebounds, dished out five assists, and even got himself a steal in an 85-67 win for the Sycamores last night.

Robbie Avila went off for a huge game against Evansville. He finished with

35 Points
8 Rebounds
5 Assists
1 Steal
58% FG

Indiana State also got the win

— KJ (@Kjpistons) February 29, 2024
Twitter: @Kjpistons

Similar to NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Avila wears goggles on the court. His frame reminds people of Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic and he has heard the comparisons before.

"Coach [Josh Schertz] always jokes around with me saying that I'm one step slower than everybody on the court," Avila told the Indianapolis Star. "I tell him I'm two steps slower, because they expect me to be one step slower, so I go a little slower than that."

For the 6-foot-10, 240-pound sophomore, it's all about using his unique skill set against opposing teams that underestimate him.

"It's just being able to use my strength and IQ," he said. "Obviously, everybody knows I'm not the most athletic guy, but I'm able to use my strengths toward their weaknesses. Being able to exploit that is something we've worked on."

Robbie Avila came to ISU as a freshman with a lot of hype surrounding him. In his second year at ISU all @Robbie_Avila30's done is see every single offensive number go up. After yesterday's game @CoachMikeLewis & @CoachSchertzISU spoke about what makes Robbie so special #Sports10

— Marty Ledbetter (@MartySports10) December 18, 2023
Twitter: @MartySports10

Avila is looking to lead the 25-5 Sycamores to their first top-25 ranking since a promising player named Larry Bird led Indiana State to the national title game.

Catch some of the best Cream Abdul-Jabbar references from X below.

Cream Abdul Jabbar is a god-tier nickname

— Mal Suerte (@MisterPendley) February 29, 2024
Twitter: @MisterPendley


There's no going back. It sticks.

📷: Second photo by @tribstarjoe

— Hunter Tickel (@TribStarHunter) February 29, 2024
Twitter: @TribStarHunter

Cream. Abdul. Jabbar.

— Big Southern Rap Impresario (@EriqEnigma) February 29, 2024
Twitter: @EriqEnigma

Me after finding out the real reason Cream Abdul Jabbar is trending

— I have so many questions? (@english_shamar) February 29, 2024
Twitter: @english_shamar

The guy who came up with the nickname Cream Abdul Jabbar for a white basketball player who wears goggles

— ScottW (@jswtreeman) February 29, 2024
Twitter: @jswtreeman

Cream Abdul Jabbar has to be one of the hardest nicknames of all time.

— 𝖒𝖆𝖑𝖙𝖑𝖎𝖈𝖍 (@maltlich) February 29, 2024
Twitter: @maltlich

Giving this kid the nickname Cream Abdul Jabbar is just... *chefs kiss*

— Jacob Kresovich (@JKresovich) February 29, 2024
Twitter: @JKresovich

Cream Abdul Jabbar, is easily the most upsetting, shamefully hilarious thing I will laugh at for the remainder of the week. Goddamn y'all for being THIS creative.

— Sassington, M.C. (@MissSassbox) February 29, 2024
Twitter: @MissSassbox

Cream Abdul-Jabbar is currently the best nickname in all of sports

— Kyle Blosser (@KyIeHighClub) February 29, 2024
Twitter: @KyIeHighClub

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