For the fourth consecutive year, the Florida Gators did not have a player selected in the NBA draft.
The Gators’ best bet to hear his name called during the two-round, 60-pick draft on Thursday night was forward Devin Robinson, who opted to skip his senior season and test the professional basketball waters. Draftexpress.com had ranked Robinson as the 49th overall prospect in the draft and projected him as a mid-to-late second-round pick.
Robinson, a 6-foot-8, 190-pound small forward, played in every game (105) during his college career. As a junior, he averaged 11.1 points per game on a 47.5-percent shooting efficiency and led the team in rebounding (6.1 rpg) en route to helping Florida reach the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014. He had five career double-doubles and scored a career-high 24 points twice during his final season.
Robinson excelled during the athletic tests portion of the draft combine. He led all forwards with a 35.5-inch standing vertical leap and his 41.5-inch running vertical was the third highest behind only Hamidou Diallo and Frank Jackson. Robinson’s wingspan of 7-1 was the longest for his height.
“If you want a winner, you should draft me,” Robinson said during his draft combine interview. “I care all about winning. I care about my teammates. I’m a great team player.”
Florida’s other three draft-eligible players — point guard Kasey Hill, small forward Justin Leon and shooting guard Canyon Barry — also went unselected.
The last Florida player to be taken in the NBA draft was Erik Murphy, who was taken 49th overall by the Chicago Bulls in 2013.
Players not drafted can still pursue opportunities in the NBA Summer League and the NBA G League.