Report: Gators to play Duke in 2016 Jimmy V Classic, Devin Robinson to declare for NBA Draft

GAINESVILLE — The Florida basketball team will have a huge non-conference test next season.

Devin Robinson #3 of the Florida Gators lays the ball in past Craig Sword #32 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the game at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on January 19, 2016 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Devin Robinson #3 of the Florida Gators lays the ball in past Craig Sword #32 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the game at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center on January 19, 2016 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

The Gators will be playing the Duke Blue Devils as part of the 2016 Jimmy V Classic in Madison Square Gardens, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein.

Florida finished the 2015-16 season with a 21-15 record and missed the NCAA Tournament. UF was invited to the NIT Tournament and beat North Florida and Ohio State before being eliminated by George Washington in the quarterfinals, 82-77.

Arizona State will be taking on Purdue as part of the Jimmy V Classic as well.

Head coach Mike White enters his first full offseason with questions, with replacing senior Dorian Finney-Smith’s production being the main headline. Finney-Smith led the Gators in scoring (14.7 ppg), rebounds (8.3 rpg) and minutes (31.8 mpg).

Sophomore forward Devin Robinson would be one of the options to replace Finney-Smith, but Rothstein also reports that Robinson will be entering the 2016 NBA Draft, but he will not be hiring an agent.

The NCAA recently made rule adjustments, which allow college players to declare for the NBA Draft and participate in the NBA combine. Players are also allowed to participate with one team, and if they don’t hire an agent, players can return to school. Players have until May 25 to remove their names for consideration for the draft.

White gave his thoughts on Robinson’s draft stock during his end of season press conference Monday before the news came out Tuesday that Robinson was indeed declaring for the draft.

“Devin’s got a very high ceiling. He’s very talented,” White said. “I think in the back of everyone’s mind with the new rule, I think most guys at this level are at least somewhat considering it. I don’t know whether he declares or not, but I think we’ll find out soon.”

Robinson averaged nine points per game last season — fifth-best on the team – while grabbing 5.6 rebounds per game and shooting 34 percent from three.

White added he would love to keep coaching Robinson, should he decide to come back for his junior season.

“We certainly would like to see Devin come back, but again, he’ll make the best decision,” White said. “Him and his family and people that know him the best, and care about him the most. … But personally, I’d like to continue coaching him.

“I think he’s got such a high ceiling and I thought he made a very big jump this year. And I think he could make an equally as big if not bigger jump next year.”