Who ever said number 13 was unlucky? Certainly not Jerome Robinson.
The standout guard was selected 13th overall by the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night, marking the highest draft pick for the Eagles since John Bagley was selected 12th in 1982.
Robinson became Boston College’s first “lottery-pick,” a process that the NBA started in 1985. He is only the tenth Eagle to be drafted in the first round, and the first since Reggie Jackson was selected 24th in 2011.
Robinson averaged 20.7 points per game in the 2017-2018, making him the ACC’s second leading scorer behind Duke’s Marvin Bagley III–the 2nd overall pick in the draft. In addition, Robinson amassed a team-high 725 points this season while shooting 41% from beyond the arc.
His scoring ability and versatility on the court will make him a valuable addition to the Clippers, working alongside fellow 6-foot-6-inch guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who was selected 11th on Thursday by the Charlotte Hornets and later traded to the Clippers.
Jay Bilas, a college basketball analyst for ESPN, says Robinson “should be a very good player at the NBA level in time,” citing him as an “excellent offensive player and a great kid.”
In an interview with the Boston Globe, Boston College men’s basketball coach Jim Christian believes that parts of Robinson’s game that were not so apparent at the college level, such as his passing and defense, will be more discernible at the NBA level. This should allow his full player potential to come to fruition as he finds himself among the best players in the world.
Despite being projected as an early-second to late-first round pick upon first declaring for the draft, the deserving underdog proved his worth after working out with eight different teams in the weeks leading up to the draft. As a result, his stock boomed.
A source close to the team said that Jerry West, an executive board member for the Clippers, loved Robinson and strongly suggested the team select him. West, whose silhouette resides in the NBA logo, has been credited with helping to build the current Golden State Warriors super team.
“Going to the Clippers, I mean, a dream come true,” said Robinson in a post-draft pick interview. “It’s exciting being in LA and being with the Clips. Being able to learn from a guy like Doc [Rivers] and Jerry [West] is huge.”
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