SEATTLE -- Nate Robinson, Washington's leading scorer, plans
to skip his final two years of college and declare for the NBA
Draft, a television station reports.
Nate's father Jacque Robinson, himself a former Huskies running
back, said his son has every intention of playing in the NBA and is
not just testing the waters, KING5-TV reported Wednesday evening.
A Washington athletic department spokesman did not immediately
return a phone call for comment.
Jacque Robinson said his son would not hire an agent, giving him
the option to return to school should he not be happy with his
draft position, the station reported.
Generously listed at 5-foot-9, the sophomore guard was part of a
resurgence in the men's program at Washington this past season.
Robinson averaged 13.2 points per game to lead the Huskies, despite
starting only 21 of their 31 games.
The Huskies went 19-12 overall and finished second in the Pac-10
Conference with a 12-6 record, including a victory over then-No. 1
and undefeated Stanford to close out the regular season.
Washington received an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament,
then fell to the University of Alabama-Birmingham in the first
The end of the season was a far cry from the beginning, when the
Huskies started Pac-10 play 0-5. The turning point was a 103-99
overtime victory at Oregon State, keyed by Robinson.
Following the Oregon State win, the Huskies closed the Pac-10
schedule winning 11 of their final 12 games and 11 of 13 overall.
Washington advanced to the championship game of the Pac-10
Conference Tournament before losing to Stanford.
Robinson came to Washington on a football scholarship and was a
starting defensive back for the Huskies in his freshman season.
After dividing his time between the two sports as a freshman,
Robinson decided to focus solely on basketball this year.