Former Florida player Devin Robinson, participates in the NBA draft combine on Thursday in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Robinson auditioning at NBA draft combine in Chicago

By Kevin Brockway Staff writer
Thursday, May 11, 2017 6:09 PM

Former Florida forward Devin Robinson is among 67 players taking part in the NBA draft combine in Chicago this weekend.

Whether the 6-foot-8 Robinson can improve his stock remains to be seen. Last month, Robinson decided to leave UF following his junior season and sign with agent Jason Glushon of the Glushon Sports Agency. Glushon also represents former Gator and current Boston Celtics standout center Al Horford.

Most draft web sites project Robinson as a second-round pick in next month's draft. The website Draftexpress.com has Robinson going 40th overall (10th pick, second round) in its latest mock draft.

Robinson is among 38 players taking part in 5-on-5 games during the combine, a list that includes former SEC players Sindarius Thornwell and P.J. Dozier of South Carolina and Isaiah Briscoe of Kentucky.

Robinson averaged 11.1 points and 6.1 rebounds in his junior season at Florida. He helped his stock during UF's run to the Elite Eight, scoring a career-high 24 points in UF's opening NCAA Tournament win against East Tennessee State and posting a double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds) in a Round of 32 win over Virginia.

“Devin finally lived up to the potential based on the guy I saw in high school,” ESPN college basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla said. “He obviously had his best season.”

Fraschilla said Robinson projects as a “3-and-d” guy at the next level, a small forward with a 6-11 wingspan athletic enough to guard shooting guards, small forwards and power forwards in the NBA.

“Let's face it, if he makes 39 percent of his NBA 3s, like he did this year, he's your prototypical NBA wing defender, role player,” Fraschilla said “He could stick on a team.”

Florida hasn't had a player taken in the NBA draft since forward Erik Murphy was picked in the second round (49th overall) by the Chicago Bulls in the 2013 draft. Last year, Florida forward Dorian Finney-Smith went undrafted, but signed with the Dallas Mavericks as a free agent and made the NBA club out of training camp. Finney-Smith appeared in 81 games and made 35 starts in his rookie season, averaging 4.3 points and 2.7 rebounds.

ESPN college basketball analyst Jeff Goodman said he thinks Robinson has a good chance of breaking UF's current draft drought. Fraschilla and Goodman are both covering the NBA combine this weekend for ESPN.

“Everything I've heard from NBA guys say he's going to be a second-rounder,” Goodman said. “Where, I don't know. But I think they've loved his upside, we've always liked his upside and finally you are starting to see the progression a little bit. He's never been a go-to guy, but in the league that's not going to be him, either. He's got to be a guy who makes shots and defends, and he's versatile. That will help him.”

Contact Kevin Brockway at 352-374-5054 or kevin.brockway@gvillesun.com. Also check out Brockway's blog at Gatorsports.com.




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