Devin Robinson

Devin Robinson profile
RCSI: 28 (2014)
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
Weight: 190 lbs (86 kg)
Position: SF/PF
High School: Christchurch School (Virginia)
Hometown: Chesterfield, VA
College: Florida
Current Team: Manresa
Win - Loss: 1 - 0
Devin Robinson 2017 NBA Draft Scouting Video - Strengths


Devin Robinson NBA Draft Scouting Report and Video Analysis

Ryan Thomson
Ryan Thomson
Jun 04, 2017, 03:36 pm
NBA scouts and executive travel the globe searching for forwards with size, length, athleticism, defensive versatility, and shooting potential. The game is as small as ever, and finding a reliable combo forward is a priority, making a player in the mold of Florida junior Devin Robinson an appealing option outside of the top forward prospects in the 2017 NBA Draft.
The Virginia native decided to forego his senior season with the Gators after a solid junior year in which he averaged 16.8 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals per 40 minutes, while knocking down 39.1% of his 3-pointers.

A physical specimen, Robinson looks the part of an NBA forward with his chiseled upper body and explosive athleticism. He measured well at the NBA combine - 6'8.25 with a 7.0.75 wingspan - and posted a 35.5 no step vertical, the second best mark of all participants. He's still quite light at 190 pounds, concerning considering his age, but overall he has the tools that make scouts wonder what kind of player he could be in an up-tempo, switch heavy system with the floor spaced and ball movers next to him.
Robinson steadily improved in his three seasons at Florida, raising his averages in nearly every statistical category, but at this stage, still lacks much offensive versatility. Robinson's athleticism plays a large role in his offensive success, both in transition and on the offensive glass. His length and explosive leaping ability shine through when he's filling the lanes and finishing above the rim in transition, where he averaged 1.36 points per possession, ranking him in the 91st percentile among qualified players according to Synergy Sports Technology. In the half court he is able to use his length and leaping to his advantage on the glass, where he averaged 2.6 offensive rebounds per 40 minutes.
Aside from his athletic gifts, Robinson was mostly limited to being a spot up shooter or straight line driver role in the Florida offense. When Robinson was run off the line, he had some success getting get to his pull up game, making 37.5% of his dribble jumpers. Overall though, Robinson is pretty limited in terms of perimeter skill, as he isn't comfortable creating offense for himself or teammates. He plays the game very high and rigid and struggles to handle versus defensive pressure, being unable to create space.
He saw only 4.8% of his total possession in pick and roll action, and for good reason, as he was typically unreliable as a playmaker, evidenced by his poor 4.8% assist rate, which is the worst mark among all wings or forwards in the DX Top 100 prospect rankings. In addition to his underdeveloped feel for the game, Robinson struggles to create much as a slasher with a man on his hip, largely due to his struggles playing through contact and desire to load up off of two feet, rather than elevate to finish off of one. Florida found a way to hide some of Robinson's deficiencies by allowing him to play consistent minutes at the power forward position, which may very well be his most advantageous position at the NBA level, as he'll have more space to operate and more time to get off his jumper.

Robinson has steadily improved as a shooter in his time in Gainesville, making 43-of-110 three-point attempts this season for a mark of 39.1% while shooting 72.3% from the free throw line. Robinson is a bit of a streaky shooter, making only 34% of his career three point attempts in three seasons, and needs time and space to get his jumper off. His shot is a bit mechanical and he may have some trouble initially with getting it off versus NBA length and defenders, but his improvement this season is certainly a welcome sign in a shooting and spacing-heavy league like the NBA.
While Robinson certainly looks the part of an NBA combo forward, his defensive effort and consistency often leave scouts wanting more. He has the physical tools to suggest that he should have been a defensive nightmare for opposing coaches in the SEC, and at times he was, guarding a variety of positions, including opposing point guards. If his best position going forward is as a small-ball power forward, he certainly has the potential to switch some actions, although he doesn't quite have the physical toughness or strength to check a traditional fours at 190 pounds.
Off the ball, Robinson has a tendency to lose track of his man and give up wide open looks from beyond the arc. He needs to improve his focus and attention to detail on the defensive end, particularly since he hasn't displayed much interest in being a physical defender, raising concerns as to what positions he will truly be able to guard at the next level despite his physical tools. Robinson has, however, shown a willingness to crash the glass, averaging 6.6 defensive rebounds per 40 minutes as a junior, which is encouraging.
Robinson's average feel and perimeter skill combined with his inconsistent focus and effort on the defensive will likely relegate him to second round status come June 22, but he becomes more and more intriguing the further you get outside of the top-30, especially with the way the league is trending. Although he's had his ups and downs, and is the age of a college senior, Robinson's physical profile, defensive versatility, and shooting potential make him worthy of a second-round flier, especially with the recent growth and use of the G-League.

Devin Robinson NBA Pre-Draft Workout and Interview

Matt McGann
Matt McGann
May 18, 2017, 12:25 pm
 Florida small forward Devin Robinson works out in Chicago with Seth Cooper. Video produced by Matt McGann.


2017 NBA Combine Athletic Testing Analysis

Julian Applebome
Julian Applebome
May 13, 2017, 05:25 pm
Florida Junior Devin Robinson showed off his athleticism posting the third best max vertical leap at 41.5 (98th percentile historically), as well as the third best no step vertical at 35.5 (98th percentile historically).  The only players in our database over 6'7 to post vertical leaps like that in both categories and go onto play in the NBA are Vince Carter, Glenn Robinson III, Ronald Dupree and Alex Poythress. Another interesting note on the Gator alum is that he posted the 7th lowest body fat percentage in our database history at 3.2%.

Matchup Video: Devin Robinson vs Kentucky

Matt Williams
Matt Williams
Corey Porter
Corey Porter
Mar 30, 2017, 11:40 am
 Corey Porter takes a closer look at Florida wing Devin Robinson's performance in the Gators' early February win and late February loss against Kentucky.  The intriguing junior small forward showed both the strengths that give him significant roleplayer potential at the next level, but also the weaknesses that limit his impact at this point in his career splitting the season series with the SEC Tournament champions.

Scoring 16 points on just 5-7 from the field, Robinson played a key role in Florida's blowout 88-66 win over the Wildcats in Gainesville.  He followed that up with 9 points and 11 rebounder in Florida's 10-point loss a few weeks later.

A tremendous athlete with great size and length for a three, Robinson made some impressive plays finishing with his head up around the rim, crashing the boards, and defending multiple positions defensively against a very talented Kentucky team.  He's shown marked improvement as a set shooter this season as he's emerged as a legitimate floor spacer with a reliable spot up stroke out past the NCAA 3-point line and went 4-6 from deep against the Wildcats.

For all the promising flashes Robinson has shown this season, he remains limited as a shot cretor, one of the reasons he went 1-9 inside the arc in Florida's 2nd game against Kentucky when they did a better job chasing him off the line and forcing him to put the ball on the floor.  He also isn't above some lapses defensively, particualrly when defending off the ball or in ball screen actions, still having some room to grow on that end of the floor.


Corey Porter is a video analyst for DraftExpress. Follow him on twitter and check out the DraftExpress Video section. He will be breaking down the NBA draft in digital format all year long for us. 

NCAA Tournament NBA Draft Prospect Guide: Sweet 16 Friday

Jonathan Givony
Jonathan Givony
Mar 24, 2017, 02:18 pm
Devin Robinson is coming off a superb weekend, posting 38 points and 18 rebounds in 64 minutes, while making 4/9 3-point attempts to help Florida advance to Madison Square Garden. He has a much bigger challenge on his hands in the form of long-armed forwards Nigel Hayes and Vitto Brown, as well as a stalwart interior presence in Ethan Happ. Consistency hasn't been the theme of Robinson's career, to say the least, so it will be interesting to see how productive he can be in arguably the biggest stage he's ever played on. Scouts are enamored with his size, length, frame, athleticism and the sparks he demonstrates as a shooter and defender. With that said, his fundamentals, feel for the game, and intensity have always been dragging behind his pure talent level, and talent evaluators will want to get a better gauge on whether he's actually turning the corner now that he's turned 22 years old, or if last weekend's outburst was a flash in the pan and a product of his physical superiority.  

Top NBA Draft Prospects in the SEC, Part Four: Prospects 4-7

Derek Bodner
Derek Bodner
Jonathan Givony
Jonathan Givony
Matt Williams
Matt Williams
Oct 04, 2016, 12:44 pm
Jonathan Givony

The #28 prospect in the 2014 high school class according to the RSCI, Devin Robinson had an uneven freshman campaign, bouncing in and out of Billy Donovan's starting lineup and struggling to be consistently productive or efficient on either end of the floor. With Donovan moving on to coach the Oklahoma City Thunder, in came Mike White from Louisiana Tech, who led Florida to an NIT appearance and was able to get a little more out of the enigmatic Robinson as a sophomore.

Robinson contemplated entering his name in the 2016 Draft to gauge his standing among NBA teams, but was unable to once medical tests conducted after the season revealed a stress fracture in the navicular bone of his left foot. He underwent surgery in April and was scheduled to be sidelined for 4-6 months, and has indeed yet to be fully cleared to play, even if that is likely to happen soon according to reports.

The injury was a setback considering how much the 21-year old Robinson could have used a full off-season to work on his body, skill-set and feel for the game, all of which have considerable room to grow still.

Robinson passes the eye test and then some, as he has excellent size and length for the small forward position, to go along with an ideal basketball frame and smooth athleticism. His body hasn't filled out quite as much as some may have hoped when he first burst onto the scene at the 2013 adidas EuroCamp, particularly in the lower body, as he has narrow hips and very thin legs and quads that hamper him on both ends of the floor. Being unable to work on his lower body all summer was certainly not ideal in that regard.

Offensively, Robinson operated primarily as a floor-spacing combo forward for the Gators, who runs the court in transition and occasionally crashes the offensive glass. Almost half of his field goal attempts came from beyond the arc, and he was able to convert a solid 34% of them as sophomore, up from 26% as a freshman. His free throw percentage also rose from 64 to 77%, which is another indication of his improvement as a perimeter shooter, and a very important factor for his NBA stock.

Beyond the numbers, Robinson boasts a compact and repeatable shooting stroke with his feet set, and proved to be fairly reliable in catch and shoot situations. His form tends to break down somewhat when closely contested or forced to shoot off the dribble, as his release isn't ultra-quick, and he doesn't have the most natural touch.

Although able to attack closeouts in a straight line, anything more than that is mostly an adventure for Robinson at this stage, as his ball-skills are very much a work in progress. He struggles to create space for himself in the half-court, and doesn't have the ability to get low with the ball, change speeds, directions or hands, or find the open man if the defense rotates towards him.

A smooth leaper off two feet, Robinson can finish around the basket with authority off cuts or running the floor in transition, but his lack of lower body strength is an issue when trying to use his athleticism around the rim off of one foot in the half-court. He looks very off balance on many of his attempts inside the paint, crumbling in traffic at the first sign of contact, and not being particularly crafty or creative using the glass. His rudimentary ball-handling ability doesn't do him too many favors in this area, as when he is able to create a driving angle to the basket, he often has a defender glued to his hip, leading to difficult attempts.

Robinson's passing ability is also in need of refinement, as he generated just 17 assists in 832 minutes last season, or one every 49 minutes he was on the floor. His 4% assist percentage would be considered poor for a center, let alone someone expected to see major minutes on the perimeter. To Robinson's credit, he didn't turn the ball over too frequently (9% TO%), as he simply wasn't asked to do much ball-handling for the Gators, something that might change somewhat this season as he likely inherits some offensive responsibility from departed combo forward and leading scorer Dorian Finney-Smith.

Defensively, Robinson showed some interesting things at times last year, particularly when tasked with guarding opposing ball-handlers, something he can do fairly impressively. He can get in a low stance, move his feet fluidly and make it very difficult for smaller players to get their shot off with his length.

With that said, Robinson has a long ways to go in this area to reach his full potential, as his average combination of technique, awareness and intensity often makes him far less effective than you'd hope. He has a tendency to fall asleep at times in his stance, losing his focus off the ball and being a split-second late with his reactions, resulting in wide open looks on the perimeter. That's part of the reason why Robinson has averaged a paltry 1.0 steals and .9 blocks per-40 thus far in his career, despite his terrific physical tools. He also doesn't always fight over the top of screens due to his lack of lower body strength, and can get pushed around mercilessly inside by stronger players. Players his size are increasingly used as floor-spacing PFs in todays' NBA, but it might be a while until Robinson is able to do so effectively.

It will be interesting to see what kind of season Robinson is able to put together as an underclassman, as the Gators will certainly be hoping to make a return to the NCAA Tournament after missing out for the last two years. They'll need Robinson to make strides on both ends of the floor and show he has the mentality to start to reach the significant potential he showed earlier on in his career.

Top NBA Prospects in the SEC, Part 8: Devin Robinson Scouting Video

Mike Schmitz
Mike Schmitz
Oct 01, 2015, 05:16 pm
Mike Schmitz continues our coverage of the top NBA prospects in the SEC with a video scouting report of the #8 prospect in the conference, Florida's Devin Robinson.
More DX Conference Preseason Previews:
-The Top 20 NBA Draft Prospects in the Pac-12
-The Top 20 NBA Draft Prospects in the Big East
-The Top 15 NBA Draft Prospects in the Big 12

Top NBA Draft Prospects in the SEC
(#1) Skal Labissiere (Scouting Video)
(#2) Ben Simmons (Scouting Video)
(#3) Jamal Murray (Scouting Video)
(#4) Malik Newman (Scouting Video)
(#5) Damian Jones (Scouting Video)
(#6) Isaiah Briscoe (Scouting Video)
(#7) Tim Quarterman (Scouting Video)

#8, Devin Robinson, Sophomore, SF/PF, Florida



Mike Schmitz is the video analyst for DraftExpress. Follow him on twitter and check out his archive. He will be breaking down the NBA draft in digital format all year long for us.

Devin Robinson 2015 adidas Nations Interview

2013 adidas EuroCamp: Day Two

Jonathan Givony
Jonathan Givony
Jun 09, 2013, 05:17 pm
A member of the US Team comprised of mid-level recruits, 2014 high school prospect Devin Robinson had a strong showing today, scoring 12 points and coming up with 5 steals. A 6'8 wing extremely long arms, Robinson is a capable set shooter with a nice feel for the game. He isn't a great ball-handler at this stage, but found ways to score inside the arc in a variety of interesting ways. A fluid athlete with good explosiveness, Robinson appears to have plenty of untapped potential. Listed at 6'6 by most recruiting services, he is ranked #44 by 24/7, #106 by rivals, and unranked by ESPN in the class of 2014. He looks taller than he is listed at and is a significantly better prospect as well. Robinson told us his dream school is Georgetown but that they stopped recruiting him for some reason. Considering his showing here, it is tough to feel like that won't turn out to be a gaffe in the long run. Look for his stock to rise considerably among high school scouts as he gets better exposure down the road.

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