The sophomore officially announced he will forgo his final two years at Michigan and declared for the NBA today alongside fellow sophomore Nik Stauskas – who also declared for the draft -- at the Crisler Center media room in front coaches and teammates.
Robinson made his decision after weeks of speculation on whether he would leave the program or not. In fact, he admitted he didn't reach a final decision till late Monday night.
"I really didn't make my decision till last night after going through everything," Robinson said. "Coach (John) Beilein did a great job. The coaching staff definitely helped me out with receiving as much information as possible. And discussing it with my family, I just wanted to make sure this is what I wanted to do. … Either you have to have two feet in or two feet out. You know, I definitely think that this is a great opportunity for me."
At 6-foot-6, 220-pounds, Robinson averaged 12.0 points and 4.9 rebounds in his two years with the program. He was named All-Big Ten honorable mention in 2014 by the both the coaches and media.
Most draft services have Robinson projected as a late first-round to mid second-round draft pick. He came back to Michigan for his sophomore season, despite being projected as a first round pick after his freshman campaign. Ultimately, he said he decided to leave after strong discussion with his family and the Michigan coaching staff.
"As far as making my decision, talking to mother, my grandma and my dad, along with the coaching staff – they really helped a lot," Robinson said. "Not only that, with making my decision last year definitely helped me with the option of leaving or staying last year. And going through that whole process kind of calmed things down and eased it a little bit. So I definitely think that I made the right decision. I'm just ready to take it from here."
Robinson started all 76 games of his career at U-M, never missing a game. His two year record with the program was 59-17, the most combined wins in a two year span in school history.
"To be able to be part of a winning team like Michigan, having the most wins in two years is crazy to think about," Robinson said. "With all the type of players that come through Michigan and teams. So I'm just blessed to have this opportunity and play on a great team like Michigan."
Robinson also noted he has yet to sign with a agent.
The 2014 NBA Draft is scheduled for Thursday, June 26, at the Barclays Center in New York, N.Y. It will air at 7 p.m. on ESPN.