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Five-star forward Devin Robinson picks Florida

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

Devin Robinson saw his stock rise immensely during the spring and summer AAU season. (Kelly Kline/Under Armour)
Devin Robinson saw his stock rise immensely during the spring and summer AAU season. (Kelly Kline/Under Armour)

Devin Robinson has committed to Florida, he announced at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

Robinson, a 6-foot-8 forward from Christchurch School (Va.), chose the Gators over Indiana, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State. He joins Brandone Francis (No. 25 in 247Sports Composite) and Chris Chiozza (No. 38) in Florida's 2014 recruiting class.

Ranked No. 21 in the 247Sports Composite, Robinson is one of the best combo forwards in the class. Moreover, his ceiling is very high. At this point, Robinson is already a matchup nightmare for most opponents. He's long and athletic, and knows how to get points in a variety of ways. Robinson has consistent range out to the perimeter, and is able to finish at the rim in transition. Defensively, he can guard multiple positions and is an effective help defender due to his length.

Robinson's stock rose dramatically during the spring, when he burst onto the scene with the Squires Richmond AAU program. When the live period began in late April, Robinson's main offers were VCU, Virginia Tech, Connecticut, Rutgers, Towson and Boston University. That quickly changed, after a standout performance at the Pittsburgh Jam Fest.

An interesting note about Robinson: he's the first out-of-state five-star prospect to commit to Florida since 2011, when Brad Beal pledged to the Gators. Chris Walker and Kasey Hill were both five-star prospects in the class of 2013, but each was an in-state kid. Prior to Beal, Tennessee native Corey Brewer in 2004 was the last out-of-state five-star prospect.

With four seniors on the roster, Robinson will have the chance to make an immediate impact when he arrives in Gainesville in 2014. Patric Young, Will Yeguete and Casey Prather are all gone from the frontcourt, meaning Robinson will join Chris Walker, Dorian Finney-Smith and Damontre Harris up front. Francis and Chiozza will compete with Hill, Eli Carter and Michael Frazier for minutes on the perimeter.

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