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Florida Gators sophomore forward Devin Robinson will be sidelined for 4-6 months after undergoing surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot on Wednesday
Robinson was expected to at least test the waters of the 2016 NBA Draft despite still growing as a college player.
One would assume, with the NBA Draft Combine three weeks away and the draft itself in two months on June 23, that the aforementioned surgery and length of time Robinson will be forced away from the court will result in the player returning to the Gators for his junior season.
Robinson never officially declared for the draft publicly, though Florida head coach Mike White noted on more than one occasion that Robinson was looking to at least test his value in the league. Recent NCAA rule changes have provided players with additional time to take stock of their value with the ability to return to school as long as they do not hire an agent.
Robinson improved dramatically from his freshman season, where his play was often frantic and lacking control.
He averaged 9.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game during 2015 and shot just 45.8 percent from the field despite his 34.0 percent efficiency from beyond the arc. He certainly had his bright spots for UF during the season, but he was quite ineffective as a shooter in the postseason and still has a ways to go to develop into a player who could contribute out of the draft in the NBA.
Robinson has until May 25 to pull his name out of the NBA Draft.
Florida’s Devin Robinson had surgery for left foot stress fracture, out 4-6 months. Gotta assume that means he will withdraw from draft.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 21, 2016