April 14, 2020 – Villanova freshman Jeremiah Robinson-Earl will return for his sophomore season and not enter the 2020 NBA Draft. It was announced today.
Robinson-Earl received information from the NBA about his draft position which was positive. However, he plans to use the upcoming season to put himself in a better future draft position.
“I did get some feedback (from the NBA) and it was good feedback,” said Robinson-Earl. “I just felt like I wanted to focus on being a better overall player. The feedback was that I would have gotten drafted but I feel like I can put myself in a better position just by coming back.”
“The (NBA) early draft committee gave him some pretty good feedback,” said Villanova Coach Jay Wright. “He definitely would have gotten drafted, probably in a decent position. Jeremiah’s a really thoughtful kid. I think he really wants to be a complete player going into the draft. He saw the improvement he was making through the season and feels like he probably wasn’t going to stay in the draft anyway, so let’s just concentrate on the Villanova team and his workouts.”
Robinson-Earl led the team in rebounds with 290, the second most for a freshman in program history. Omari Spellman leads that category with 321. The forward started all 31 games for the Wildcats. Robinson-Earl averaged 32.1 minutes while scoring 10.5 points per game and pulled down 9.4 boards. He posted 9 double-doubles in being named to Big East Freshman of the Year.
And is taking some definite steps in undefinite times.
“The uncertainty of what the NBA is going to do did play a part in this,” Robinson-Earl. “I just feel like I don’t want to worry a lot about that with the times we are going through right now. I just want to focus on getting better, going back to Villanova and getting my mind set on that.”
Written By: Glenn Papazian