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Forward Devin Robinson thanks Gator Nation, declares for NBA Draft

Devin Robinson announced on his Twitter account Friday afternoon that he will declare for the 2017 NBA Draft instead of returning for his senior season with the Florida Gators.

Robinson, a 6-8 forward from Virginia, scored 935 points in 105 career appearances over his three-year career, never missing a game. He had five career double-doubles and scored a career-high 24 points twice during his final season.

"We'll miss Devin here, but he'll always be a part of the Gator family," head coach Mike White said in a release. "We're excited for Devin as he continues to pursue his dream and grateful for his role in helping reestablish the culture and success of the Florida basketball program."

DraftExpress.com has Robinson ranked as the 37th best player in this year’s draft and the 10th-best small forward. The website projects Robinson to be selected with the 36th pick by the Boston Celtics, which would make Robinson the first UF player to be drafted since Erik Murphy was selected 49th overall in 2013.

Florida is still waiting to hear from center John Egbunu about his decision to either return to the team or test the professional basketball waters.

 

Robinson’s full message is below:

“To the Gator Nation,

After careful consideration with my family and deep prayer with God, I’ve made the decision to forgo my senior year and enter the 2017 NBA draft.

This decision was not easy for me; in fact, it was one of the hardest decisions I have ever faced. I will be leaving a place that has become my second home.

I would first like to thank my family for their unconditional support throughout my career and this overwhelming decision. I would also like to personally thank each of my coaches, team support staff, and academic support staff. You each have influenced my life and made me the man I am today. To my teammates, you each have a place in my heart and I will always consider you guys as my brothers.

Without you all, my journey would not have been the same. I have been blessed to form many great relationships that will truly last a lifetime. I will truly miss all of you.

To the Rowdy Reptiles and the Gator Nation, I will miss the enthusiasm and support you all provided my team and I during my career here at the University of Florida. I will miss playing in the O’Dome and playing in front of college basketball’s best fans. I thank you for your support over the last three seasons.

I set many personal goals for myself for this season. At the top of the list was for our team to make the NCAA tournament. We were able to make the tournament this season and advance to the Elite Eight. Although we did not reach our end goal, I am still grateful for the opportunity to keep the culture alive for the University of Florida.

However, the time has come for me to pursue new opportunities as a professional in the NBA. I know I am ready for this next step and I am personally excited for all the new challenges that will be presented with this decision.

I will always cheer on and be a huge supporter of the University of Florida. I will forever be a Gator.

 

Sincerely,

Devin Robinson”

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