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2021 NBA Draft Coverage: Jeremiah Robinson-Earl

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Versatile, playmaking 4

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Villanova at Baylor IndyStar-USA TODAY Sports

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl was the co-Big East player of the year this season. He was Villanova’s leading scorer and rebounder and was 4th in assists. He’s a versatile player capable of scoring in the post or off the dribble, switching on defense, and making plays with his passing.

Jay Wright’s Villanova basketball program churns out NBA talent like a well-oiled machine. Saddiq Bey, Eric Paschall, Mikal Bridges, Josh Hart, Jalen Brunson, Donte DiVencenzo, Ryan Arcidiacono, and Omari Spellman have all been drafted out of Villanova since 2017. Jay Wright knows how to coach and develop talent.

Stats and measurements

Age: 20

Year: Sophomore

Height: 6’ 7.75”

Weight 242 lbs

Wingspan: 6’ 9.75”

PTS: 15.7

REB: 8.5

AST: 2.2

NBA fit

Robinson-Earl has good court vision and is a capable passer from the post and in transition, often pushing the ball up the floor after a defensive rebound. He shows promise in both the pick and roll and pick and pop (41% on catch and shoot threes). He’s a switchy, versatile defender, capable of reading plays before they happen. His fundamentals are sound: he contests vertically, draws charges, and cuts off drives before they unfold.

Although Robinson-Earl shot an uninspiring 30.1% from three, he shot 77% from the free throw line on 182 attempts. During the final eight games of the season, he shot a meager 4 of 25 (16%) from three and 21 of 34 (62%) from the free throw line. In the 17 games before that, he shot 33.3% from deep and 78% from the stripe. His jumper is fine.

Robinson-Earl was primarily a 1-2 step shooter in college. At the NBA combine, he displayed solid “hop” technique. For his lone miss in the video (around the 0:47 mark), he was halfway between a hop and a 1-2 step, and it seemed to throw off his balance. He’ll need reps until that “hop” technique is muscle memory, but the mechanics look smooth and consistent.

In college, Robinson-Earl’s superb court awareness and basketball IQ made up for some of his athletic shortcomings. In the NBA, his lack of elite lateral quickness will limit his effectiveness against quicker guards. Against many NBA 4s, his below average height and wingspan will put him at a disadvantage. Without elite length or athleticism, he’ll have to rely on positioning and box-out technique to be a plus rebounder in the NBA.

From his freshman to sophomore season, he saw upticks in both his usage and assist rates while decreasing his turnover rate. That’s the kind of “leap” that hints at potential NBA growth.

How the Jazz get him?

The Athletic’s most recent mock draft has Jeremiah Robinson-Earl going to the Utah Jazz with the 30th pick. It’s possible he could go before that, but chances are he’ll be available when Utah is on the clock.

If he’s there, draft him. Robinson-Earl will be a productive pro.