Devin Robinson returning to UF
Published on Friday, 4/29/16, at 6:14 p.m. Eastern.
Devin Robinson announced Tuesday that he will return to Florida for his junior season. Robinson had decided to test the NBA waters but not sign with an agent earlier this month.
However, the-five star recruit from Billy Donovan’s 2014 class opted to come back to school after undergoing surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot. The injury is expected to sideline Robinson for 4-6 months.
He was considered a potential late second-round pick. Robinson averaged 9.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per game as a sophomore.
Gorjok Gak, a 6-11 center from Victory Rock Prep High School in Bradenton, joined Mike White’s three-player 2016 recruiting class when he enrolled at UF this past Monday. Gak, who is originally from Australia and had signed with Oklahoma St., was allowed to transfer without sitting out a year after Travis Ford was fired by OSU.
Gak averaged 13.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game as a senior. He has a 7-foot-4 wingspan.
The Gators are still awaiting word from the NCAA on Erik Murphy’s request for a sixth season of eligibility. They are also believed to be in the mix for Charleston transfer Canyon Barry, the son of NBA great Rick Barry, who will be immediately eligible as a grad transfer. Barry averaged 19.7 points and 3.4 in 13 games for Charleston before sustaining a season-ending shoulder injury.
He was named a first-team Academic All-American after graduating with a 4.0 GPA. He is seeking a master’s degree in nuclear engineering, mechanical engineering or physics. According to U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of the nation’s top engineering schools, Northwestern is in a tie for No. 19, while Florida is tied at No. 43. Miami is tied at No. 122.
According to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports, Barry is visiting Northwestern for three days this weekend and will visit Miami next week. He has already visited Florida.
As for UF’s schedule, ESPN officially announced Wednesday that Florida will face Duke on Dec. 6 at Madison Square Garden in the Jimmy V Classic. The Gators haven’t faced the Blue Devils since sending the No. 1 seed home from the East Region semifinals in the 2000 NCAA Tournament at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. UF would advance to the finals for the first time in school history before losing to Michigan St.
Florida will also compete in the Advocare Invitational at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports from Nov. 24-27. The Gators will play three times against to-be-determined foes among this list of schools: Miami, Gonzaga, Iowa St., Seton Hall, Stanford, Indiana St. and Quinnipiac.
The renovations of the O-Dome to the tune of a cost north of $60 million aren’t expected to be completed until January. Therefore, UF will play its non-conference home games in Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa and South Florida.