Robinson to again explore NBA option

Florida forward Devin Robinson is putting his name into the NBA draft list, but not hiring an agent. [Brad McClenny/Staff photographer]

Published: Friday, March 31, 2017 at 9:33 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 31, 2017 at 9:33 a.m.

Florida junior Devin Robinson will declare for the NBA draft, but will not hire an agent, making it possible for him to return to UF for one more season, The Sun has learned.

Robinson, who is a 22-year-old junior and considered “old” for the draft, is leaning toward leaving, but will wait until he gets feedback from the NBA before making a final decision.

Robinson had the same plan last year until he was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his left foot and had to undergo surgery.

He returned to Florida and had a strong season, helping the Gators reach the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. He started 35 of 36 games, averaging 11.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and shooting 47.5 percent from the field.

He had 38 points and 18 rebounds during the Orlando Regional in the NCAA Tournament.

During the tournament, Florida coach Mike White raved about the improvement of Robinson and credited the 6-foot-8 forward for doing it himself.

Most mock NBA drafts have Robinson going in the second round at best.

Florida has yet to hear a decision from center John Egbunu, who is considering leaving early even though he likely won't be able play basketball until January. Egbunu suffered a season-ending knee injury at Auburn on Feb. 14.

Florida went 6-4 after Egbunu's injury, advancing to the Elite Eight in part because of Robinson stepping up and becoming more of a force inside.

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