With the 2017 NBA Draft set to be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn tonight at 7 p.m. ET and broadcast on ESPN, Inside the Gators now takes a closer look at three Gators-related storylines worth following throughout the event. Former Florida forwards Devin Robinson (left) and Canyon Barry (right) Where will forward Devin Robinson land tonight?
Following three seasons as a Gator and a pair of strong performances during Florida’s Elite Eight run during the NCAA Tournament, forward Devin Robinson opted to turn pro this offseason and skip his senior season.
Currently, he’s projected as a mid-to-late second-round pick for the Gators. DraftExpress.com has Robinson going 52nd overall to the New Orleans Pelicans, while CBS Sports (44th, New York Knicks), MyNBADraft.com (46th, Philadelphia 76ers) and Bleacher Report (56th, Boston Celtics) also have the 6-foot-8, 190-pound Robinson going in the second round. NBADraft.net has the former five-star recruit going undrafted.
Robinson offers teams an intriguing, athletic forward with good length. At the NBA scouting combine last month, Robinson logged the third-best numbers in the max vertical leap (41.5 inches) and the standing vertical leap (35.5 inches). While he had the lowest body fat percentage (just 3.2%) of any of the players at the combine, he could add a little more bulk to his frame to hang at the next level.
Although Robinson’s three-point shooting – he shot 39.1% as a junior – and perimeter defense have impressed scouts, he certainly needs to improve his offensive repertoire and become more of a playmaker in the pros.
At Florida last season, Robinson averaged 11.1 points (on 47.5% shooting) and 6.1 rebounds per contest before logging two strong performances against ETSU (24 points, seven rebounds) and Virginia (14 points, 11 boards) in the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament.
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* McElwain, White rewarded with raises, contract extensions —— Will any other Gators be selected tonight? If anybody else from Florida’s roster last year besides Robinson were to be drafted tonight, perhaps the next-best bet would be Canyon Barry.Although he struggled during the NCAA Tournament as he tried to shake off an ankle injury in his return, Barry pieced together a solid season as a Gators graduate transfer. In his lone season at Florida, he averaged 11.4 points on 42.2% shooting (33.6% from three) and 2.8 rebounds in 21.3 minutes per game. He shot 88.3% from the foul line, using an underhanded shooting motion that his father, Rick Barry, notably utilized back in the day.While his shooting numbers dipped at the end of the year, the 6-foot-6, 215-pound Barry often provided the Gators with a spark off the bench, earning SEC Sixth Man of the Year honors by regular season’s end. The 6-foot-6, 215-pound Barry is not only an intelligent player but also a […]