The 2019 NBA Draft arrived and Justin Robinson was prepared to fulfill the dream of a lifetime. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound point guard had just capped off a storied career at Virginia Tech where he led the Hokies to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time in program history.
Robinson’s senior year ended in heartbreaking fashion following a 75-73 loss to Duke in the Sweet 16. However, that didn’t take away from a senior season that saw him average 13.5 points and 5.0 assists on 47.3 percent shooting and return for March Madness just several weeks after surgery on a broken foot.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Deputy Commissioner Adam Tatum went pick-by-pick all the way through the two rounds of the draft, and Robinson never heard his name called. It was a disappointing moment for the Virginia Tech faithful, hoping to bask in the joy with one of the fan favorites, but Robinson himself was celebrating behind the scenes.
“I never tell anyone about it, but I could have heard my name called,” Robinson said. “But I thought DC and the deal they were offering me was the best thing...
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