UM's Robinson to sign Summer League deal with Miami
Michigan’s Duncan Robinson will hope to follow former teammate Derrick Walton Jr.’s path to the NBA.
After going unselected in Thursday night’s NBA Draft, Robinson agreed to an NBA Summer League deal with the Miami Heat, according to a report by ESPN’s Chris Haynes.
Robinson, a 6-foot-8 wing, averaged 9.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists and earned Big Ten sixth man of the year honors last season. Most notably during his time at Michigan, he established himself as one of the premier 3-point shooters in the conference.
After transferring from Division III Williams College and sitting out the 2014-15 season due to transfer rules, he shot 45 percent from beyond the arc and made a team-high 95 3-pointers in 2015-16, 42.2 percent with 64 3s in 2016-17, and 38.4 percent with a team-high 78 3s last season.
For his career, Robinson made 237 3-pointers and shot 41.9 percent from 3-point range, which ranks third and ninth, respectively, in program history.
Despite his sharpshooting skills, Robinson didn’t generate much draft buzz and went through pre-draft workouts with a handful of teams, including the Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers, who took former Michigan big man Moritz Wagner with the No. 25 overall pick.
Walton faced a similar situation last year after he earned an NBA Combine invite and went undrafted. He signed a Summer League contract with the Orlando Magic and turned a strong showing into a two-way contract with the Heat.
Robinson will look to follow suit and make a summertime splash when Miami’s Summer League play begins on July 2.
In addition to Robinson, former Western Michigan standout Thomas Wilder will join the Utah Jazz's Summer League team.