Duncan Robinson signs two-way contract with Miami Heat

When Duncan Robinson spoke with The Berkshire Eagle some two weeks ago, he was hoping that an NBA Summer League audition could lead to something more.

"I really like the Miami program," Robinson said at the time, "which is the reason why I looked at them in the first place.

"Hopefully, there's a future in that program for me."

The future is now, as the former Williams College and University of Michigan basketball standout has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Heat. The signing was announced in a release from the Heat on Tuesday. Terms of the contract, as per team policy, were not disclosed.

"I chose Miami because it felt like the best fit," Robinson said in last month's interview. "Obviously, it's a first-class organization and I'll have an opportunity to kind of show up this summer."

Robinson joins a small list of ex-Ephs who have been around the periphery of the NBA. Bob Mahland, who graduated back in 1962, was drafted by the Chicago Zephyrs of the NBA. Eric Gingold, who went to Williams in the mid-1990s, was a 7-foot-3 center who had tryouts with the Chicago Bulls. He later played professionally in Israel and Belgium, and was a member of the 2001 Maccabiah Games gold-medal winning team from the United States.

NBA teams can sign two players to two-way contracts, allowing players like Robinson to spend up to 45 days of NBA service time with the Heat. The rest of Robinson's time would be spent at Miami's G-League affiliate in Sioux Falls, S.D.

"He was high on our list," Heat vice president/player personnel Chet Kammerer said in a Miami Herald article. "We liked him a lot, his ability to shoot. We talked to [head coach Erik] Spoelstra. He talked about the one quality he likes the most or wants the most is shooters.

"To me, [Robinson] is an elite shooter, and he's proven that here so far."

Robinson is averaging 12.4 points and 2.4 rebounds for Miami's Summer League team. He has made 17-of-28 shots from three-point range, while shooting 57.8 percent from the floor.

He had three double-figure scoring games in his last three outings. His best recent outing was a 18-point outing in a 110-87 loss to New Orleans back on July 7. He was 7 for 10 from the floor, 4 for 6 from 3-point range, and pulled down six rebounds. The next night, he played 31 minutes and scored 10 points in a 94-90 loss to Charlotte. He was 3 for 4 from outside the arc, and 3 for 7 overall.

"I think he's done a little more than we expected. He's had two dunks now off the dribble in the half court, which were kind of unexpected," Kammerer said. "[Saturday] he had six rebounds in 20 minutes. Those are big factors."

Robinson began his college career at Williams, where he was recruited by former head coach Mike Maker. In his freshman season, Robinson was the NESCAC rookie of the year, helping lead Williams to an NCAA Division III Final Four berth. He was the D3hoops.com national freshman of the year.

Michigan went to three NCAA Tournaments in Robinson's three years, capping off his career with a trip to the NCAA Division I championship game, where the Wolverines lost to Villanova.

In a tweet on Tuesday night, Robinson's coach at Michigan, John Beilein, tweeted: "We are all so proud of [Robinson]. His climb to the NBA from Division 3 was simple but not easy. He made it simple by just working hard each day to do his best. Very dedicated to his work habits and teammates. He thanked the coaching staff daily too. A Leader and the best!"

Howard Herman can be reached at hherman@berkshireeagle.com, on Twitter @howardherman, or 413-496-6253.


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