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Michigan's Robinson Lands Deal With Heat Amid Summer-League Success: Report

Robinson has been reunited with Derrick Walton.

July 10, 2018 - 2:36 pm
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Moe Wagner may not be the only player from Michigan's Final Four team to play in the NBA this season.

Duncan Robinson, who has been a surprise standout for the Miami Heat in the NBA summer league, agreed to a one-year deal with the team on Tuesday, according to Michael Scotto of The Athletic. 

A guard-forward hybrid, Robinson went undrafted last month after averaging 9.2 points over 41 games in his senior season at Michigan. He played his first year of college basketball at Division-3 Williams College, a school of about 2,000 students in Massachusetts. 

Robinson's two-way contract with the Heat will allow him to spend 69 days on the NBA roster this season, while the rest of his time will be spent in the G League. He can earn up to $385,000, per Albert Nahmad.  His agreement can also be converted to a standard NBA contract at any time. 

Robinson's three-point shooting prowess makes him an asset in today's NBA, and he's flashed this ability in the summer league. He averaged 11.3 points in Miami's first three games in Sacramento, and he's averaging 14 points through the two games in Las Vegas. His highest scoring averaging at Michigan was 11.2 points, which came in his first season. 

With the Heat, Robinson has been reunited with former Michigan point guard Derrick Walton. He said that was a big reason why he accepted a non-guaranteed summer-league deal with Miami in the first place. 

"Knowing who your point guard will be gives you a level of comfort. And he and I are good friends," Robinson told the Free Press last month. 

"I bounced some ideas off him," he added. "I felt comfortable with his thoughts on the organization, and that gave me confidence to go with them." 

It also meant a lot to Robinson to receive a personal phone call from Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra. 

"He had some really good tryouts with different teams, but then (Spoelstra) called," Robinson's mother told the Free Press. "Also, Duncan saw himself a good fit with the Heat. He liked the coaches, the team's roster. He decided that was his best option."

He appears to have made the right choice. 

As Scotto pointed out, Robinson could become the first D-3 player since Devean George to play in the NBA. George, who attended Augsburg College in Minnesota, enjoyed an 11-year career from 1999 to 2010.

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