University of Florida junior forward Devin Robinson has tested enough of the water.

 

The 6-foot-8 Virginia native announced on his Instagram account on Friday that he will hire an agent and give up the year remaining of his college eligibility to enter the NBA draft. He had previously announced he would consult with the league and attend the combine in Chicago next month, which he could have done and returned to school, as long as he didn’t hire an agent.

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

Robinson was praised by UF coach Mike White in being one of the players instrumental in getting the team back to the NCAA tournament after a two-year absence. Robinson averaged 11.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game in 2016-2017, helped the Gators go 27-9 and reach the Elite Eight.

He had a tournament-high 24 points for UF in a first-round victory over East Tennessee State, then had 14 points and 11 rebounds in a second-round victory over Virginia.

“We’ll miss Devin here, but he’ll always be a part of the Gator family,” White said in a statement. “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.”

Robinson is a possible second-round selection in several mock NBA drafts.

The only other underclassman who might leave the program is junior center John Egbunu. He is consulting with the league on his possible draft status but has not yet hired an agent.

Egbunu suffered a season-ending knee injury in February and is not scheduled to return until January.