Devin Robinson to Florida: Gators Land 5-Star SF Prospect
Highly touted 5-star basketball recruit Devin Robinson has committed to the Florida Gators.
ESPN's Jeff Goodman reported his decision on Twitter.
Devin Robinson commits (as expected) to Florida. Athletic forward from Virginia who ranks in Top 30. Quality pickup for the Gators.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) October 30, 2013
The 6'8" small forward out of Christchurch School in Church View, Va., is the 21st-best recruit in the 2014 class, according to 247Sports' composite rankings. He's also listed as the No. 5 small forward in the country and the top prospect overall coming out of Virginia.
As you'd expect, there was a lot of hype surrounding Robinson's decision.
Eric Kolenich of the Richmond Times-Dispatch snapped a photo of Robinson with shirts from the four different schools he had narrowed down his choice to.
Devin Robinson about to make his call. Shirts are on the table. pic.twitter.com/VBjSZNz9T3— Eric Kolenich (@EricKolenichRTD) October 30, 2013
ESPN's Fran Fraschilla reported that the Gators were favored coming into Wednesday after an arduous recruiting battle.
Signing pointing towards Florida for 6-8 Devin Robinson, one of my favorite players of summer. Heavy duty recruiting battle, I was told.— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) October 30, 2013
Robinson is a very athletic forward who possesses a long reach and can play out on the perimeter. He is also an above-average shooter and won't be afraid to get out beyond the arc and fire away.
One area Robinson will need to focus on at the next level is bulking up. Robinson is a little too small right now, as 247Sports lists him at 169 pounds. Even with another 10 to 15 pounds, he remains undersized for being 6'8" and could struggle against bigger, more physical players. Once he hits college, Robinson will need to hit the weight room in order to add enough bulk to succeed at that level.
For Florida, it's a case of the rich getting richer. The Gators already had the third-best class in the country, following the commitments of shooting guard Brandone Francis and point guard Chris Chiozza. With the addition of Robinson, there may not be another school that can counter that much talent this early into the recruiting process.
The small forward will be able to slide right into the team when seniors Casey Prather and Will Yeguete graduate at the end of the upcoming season.
The future looks bright for both Robinson and Florida basketball.
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