Justin Robinson’s Virginia Tech basketball career came to an end in Washington, D.C.
Now he is heading back there.
After getting bypassed in the NBA Draft on Thursday night, the standout point guard has agreed to a free-agent contract with the Washington Wizards.
Robinson is getting a multiyear deal with a substantial guarantee, reported Shams Charania of the Stadium sports network and The Athletic.
“He’s exciting,” Wizards interim president of basketball operations Tommy Sheppard told The Washington Post.
The Wizards plan to have Robinson play for their NBA G League affiliate, Capital City Go-Go, which is also in Washington.
“We can bring in players with the Wizards and kind of expedite their growth with the Go-Go,” Sheppard told The Washington Post. “The Go-Go need a great point guard for the players we’re going to sign and automatically I can tell you, Justin Robinson will be very familiar with the inner workings of that whole franchise and our whole franchise.
“He has an opportunity to play for the Wizards, but it’s going to be because of the work he’s going to do with them, the Go-Go.”
Washington was one of the 15 NBA teams who brought Robinson in for a predraft workout.
“You admire so much about his game and everything,” Sheppard told The Washington Post. “A kid that we worked out and kind of one of those guys: ‘Hey, look, I hope you get drafted. I hope your dreams are realized. If you don’t, I promise you, we will figure out a way.’ ”
Robinson dished out 120 assists as a senior last season, when he missed 12 games with an injured foot. He returned for Tech’s three games in the NCAA Tournament.
He had 14 points and five assists off the bench in the Hokies’ Sweet 16 loss to Duke at Capital One Arena, the home of the Wizards.
“Everybody watched the tournament games that were at [Capital One Arena],” Sheppard told The Washington Post.
Robinson, who grew up in Manassas and attended two high schools in Maryland, tweeted his thanks to the Wizards in the wee hours of Friday morning.
Robinson is the all-time assists leader in Virginia Tech history.
It’s a safe bet that Robinson will play for the Wizards’ Las Vegas Summer League team. That squad will open play July 6 on ESPN against a New Orleans Pelicans team that will presumably include Robinson’s former Hokies teammate Nickeil Alexander-Walker. Brooklyn drafted Alexander-Walker on the Pelicans’ behalf Thursday because of a trade that won’t become official under NBA rules until July 6.
Robinson made the All-ACC second team as a junior and averaged 13.5 points as a senior.
He showcased his wares at the Portsmouth Invitational in April.
He also was invited to the NBA G League Elite Camp, which was held in May in Chicago. But he was not among the 11 players who moved on from that camp to the NBA combine in Chicago.
Virginia Tech guard Ahmed Hill, who also was bypassed in the draft Thursday, has landed with Brooklyn’s Las Vegas Summer League team.
Washington and Brooklyn will square off against each other in Vegas on July 8 on NBA TV.