Corey Porter takes a closer look at Florida wing Devin Robinson
's performance in the Gators' early February win and late February loss against Kentucky.The intriguing junior small forward showed both the strengths that give him significant roleplayer potential at the next level, but also the weaknesses that limit his impact at this point in his career splitting the season series with the SEC Tournament champions.
Scoring 16 points on just 5-7 from the field, Robinson played a key role in Florida's blowout 88-66 win over the Wildcats in Gainesville. He followed that up with 9 points and 11 rebounder in Florida's 10-point loss a few weeks later.
A tremendous athlete with great size and length for a three, Robinson made some impressive plays finishing with his head up around the rim, crashing the boards, and defending multiple positions defensively against a very talented Kentucky team. He's shown marked improvement as a set shooter this season as he's emerged as a legitimate floor spacer with a reliable spot up stroke out past the NCAA 3-point line and went 4-6 from deep against the Wildcats.
For all the promising flashes Robinson has shown this season, he remains limited as a shot cretor, one of the reasons he went 1-9 inside the arc in Florida's 2nd game against Kentucky when they did a better job chasing him off the line and forcing him to put the ball on the floor. He also isn't above some lapses defensively, particualrly when defending off the ball or in ball screen actions, still having some room to grow on that end of the floor.