After some level of speculation about the future of junior Jerome Robinson in the Boston College Eagles’ men’s basketball program, it appears we have an answer for what he’s thinking. Joe Giglio of The News & Observer is reporting that Robinson will go through the NBA Draft process.
Also for my BC followers: Jerome Robinson plans on going through the NBA draft process this spring, his father said. After putting up 25 points per ACC game, that's a smart idea— Joe Giglio (@jwgiglio) February 20, 2018
Of course, there's no downside to going through the draft process and getting feedback from the NBA— Joe Giglio (@jwgiglio) February 20, 2018
Robinson is averaging 21 points a game this season, good enough to lead the Eagles in points per game.
This is major news for a few reasons. First, Robinson is the first player at BC to be seriously in the conversation for the NBA Draft since Olivier Hanlan.
However, it’s hard to suggest that this is anything but a major blow to the Eagles’ prospects for the upcoming 2018-19 season, were Robinson to leave. With multiple strong recruits coming in, the Eagles are poised to make a serious run for NCAA Tournament berth with arguably the two best 1 and 2 guard tandems in the ACC with Robinson and Ky Bowman. Now the Eagles could be losing its leading points-getter, and an integral part of the Eagles’ rebuild dating back to the 2015-16 season. While the Eagles, as of right now, would be returning a lot of talent even without Robinson, it’s still going to be difficult to replace a 2 guard as good as Robinson were he to leave.
For what it’s worth, this is just a preliminary step. Robinson is allowed to initiate the process without necessarily declaring. For someone who is in the NBA Draft conversation, this is relatively normal.
BC Interruption will have more as this develops.
A previous version of this story stated that Robinson had declared. As of right now, this is incorrect. Robinson is merely starting the process of the NBA Draft. The article has been corrected.