When news came out that Jerome Robinson and Ky Bowman were going to test the NBA Draft waters, a shock wave went through the Boston College Eagles basketball landscape. Will BC’s two guards that had been given so much national acclaim leave?
In regards to Ky Bowman, BC fans can exhale. Bowman isn’t appearing in most, if any, NBA Mock drafts. Typically this is an indicator that it is likely for a player to come back.
Jerome Robinson, however, could be problematic.
In most NBA Mock Drafts, Robinson has ranged anywhere from a late first round pick to an early second round pick. In ESPN’s NBA Mock Draft (behind a paywall), Robinson is projected to be selected by the Brooklyn Nets early in the second round with the 40th overall pick of the draft.
Bleacher Report is a little bit more bullish on Robinson. Bleacher Report has Robinson being drafted No. 26 overall by the Philadelphia 76ers, or late first round.
Finally, Sports Illustrated in its NBA Mock Draft has Robinson just a couple of spots lower at No. 28, the Nets’ first round pick acquired by the Raptors.
It should be noted, however, that some sites do not have Robinson in their projections. Our parent site SB Nation did not have Robinson in its latest projections, though it should be noted that its projections only cover the first round. NBADraft.net also did not have Robinson anywhere in its projections.
There is a lot of time between now and the NCAA’s May 30 deadline for players withdrawing from the draft, and the combine will occur within that window, and there are a lot of factors to consider. And it should be noted, and I’ll put it in big letters so everyone can read it:
NOTHING IS IRREVERSIBLE AT THIS POINT. ROBINSON CAN STILL COME BACK.
BC fans still have Olivier Hanlan in the back of their minds. Hanlan, fans may recall, eschewed his senior season in order to declare for the NBA Draft. He was drafted in the second round by the Utah Jazz (right around where ESPN has Robinson being drafted) and has yet to make it onto an NBA regular season roster.
In any event, it looks like we’re going to be watching NBA Mock Drafts for a little while.