Gators' Devin Robinson considering testing NBA waters

According to Florida Basketball head coach Mike White it appears Florida sophomore forward Devin Robinson will test the NBA waters and use a new NCAA rule that will allow underclassmen the chance to work out for one NBA team and in NBA combines provided they don’t get an agent, and still be able to return to school if they choose.

While White said it is a distinct possibility for Robinson to move forward with the plan to test the NBA, he said none of these decisions have been made yet by any on his team. He is a fan of the new rule

“I like it,” he said of the new rule. “I like the flexibility it gives these young men. I think better decisions will be made because of it. As far as our roster, possibly (a chance someone does), we’re not there yet with those decisions.

White said he met with his players directly after the season was over and intimated that talk came up with maybe more than just Robinson.

“We had a first go-around with individual player meetings right when we were finished,” he said. “We got through with the team before that first weekend. A couple of our guys, before any decisions are made like that, we’re going to sit down with their people.

“I know Devin Robinson had a chance to go home this weekend and Devin and I will meet this week.”

Whatever happens… happens. White isn’t going to bemoan anyone trying to make a living playing the game.

“We have our guys’ backs relative to those decisions,” he said. “I just want them to obtain as much information as they can to make as informed a decision as possible.”

White then reaffirmed that he thought Robinson who averaged 9.1 points and 5-6 rebounds in just 23.1 minutes per game, would likely submit his name to the draft with the chance to come back if things don’t work out.  

“Yeah… I don’t blame him,” White said. “Devin has a very high ceiling. He’s very talented. I think in the back of everyone’s mind, especially with the new rule, I think most guys at this level are at least somewhat considering it.

“I don’t know whether he declares or not, but I think we’ll find out soon.”

At this point Robinson is considered a late second round player at best. That of course could change in a camp or combine environment around the best of his peers, but he is a guy that the Gators would love to keep.

With the loss of senior Dorian Finney-Smith and his All-SEC type numbers, Robinson looks to have a much bigger role on next year’s team. With another year in a system that should favor his athletic ability to go up and down the court and shoot from the outside, Robinson stands a great chance of really improving his stock a great deal with another season. 

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