Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Scout’s take: Robinson picks Gators
By Reggie Rankin
Small forward Devin Robinson (Chesterfield, Va./Christchurch School), the No. 28 player in the ESPN 100, has committed to Florida over Indiana, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State. His pledge gives coach Billy Donovan a third ESPN 100 performer in the Class of 2014, alongside No. 27 Brandone Francis and No. 42 Chris Chiozza.
Why did Robinson commit to Florida and how will he fit with the Gators? Let's break it down:
ESPN 100 forward Devin Robinson said he likes Florida's style of play.
Why he committed: "Coach Donovan has a great track record of developing his players, he pushes them to be the best and helps them get to the league [NBA], and I fit their playing style very well," Robinson said.
What he brings: Robinson is 6-foot-8, long, athletic and skilled, making him an instant matchup nightmare. He can finish above the rim or hit the open jumper to the arc on the break. He can post up smaller defenders and go by less mobile ones off the bounce. Robinson has an excellent feel for the game and his ability to pass is a huge asset as well. He can rebound and start the break with an excellent bust-out dribble and is a good perimeter defender and rebounder on both ends of the floor. He is possibly still growing and has tremendous upside and professional potential.
How he fits: Robinson will make a smooth transition into Donovan's spread-the-floor, pick-and-roll offense. He will be excellent at playing against defensive closeouts because he will shoot over players with short closeouts with 3-point range and drive by chest-to-chest closeouts and get to the rim or find an open teammate with his ability to pass on the move when he draws multiple defenders. Robinson will also excel in both big-on-small and big-on-big screens because of his great versatility. In transition, Robinson is a threat filling the lane as well.
Who he reminds us of: Robinson reminds us of a combination of former Gators players, starting with the shooting of Mike Miller, the passing of Chandler Parsons and the bounce of Corey Brewer. Robinson's length, skill and athletic ability also have showed flashes of being a cross between Danny Granger and Paul George.
How the class is shaping up: The Gators have addressed their immediate position needs by landing talented point guard and assist machine Chiozza, shooting guard Francis, who is a strong, physical scorer and can also help at the point, and Robinson, who is a tough cover for positions 2 through 4 on the college level.