Mitchell Robinson to Forgo College, Focus on the NBA Draft


Five-star McDonald’s All-American Mitchell Robinson will forgo his freshman year at Western Kentucky to focus on training for the NBA, per a report from Scout.

“I’ve decided to leave Western Kentucky and just focus on next year’s NBA Draft,” Robinson told Evan Daniels of Scout. “I want to thank Western Kentucky, the coaching staff, the fans and my teammates, but I decided to pursue a professional career.”

Robinson’s path to Western has been well documented and included several stops, including two with the Hilltoppers.

Committing initially to Texas A&M, the Louisiana based forward decided to opt out when Rick Stansbury left College Station to take over the head coaching spot at Western.

After hiring his Godfather and former UNC standout Shammond Williams as an assistant coach, Robinson soon followed, committing to the Hilltoppers just days later.

Williams resigned from WKU on July 3. Soon after, Robinson left WKU’s campus, receiving release from his National Letter of Intent. In what most thought was the finale, Robinson enrolled at WKU in time to begin the Fall semester.

That plan has once again changed as Robinson’s focus will now be on improving his game to a level that will prepare him for his ultimate goal, the NBA.

“The lifetime goal of mine is to play in the NBA and I feel like forgoing my year of college and going straight to work on a day to day basis will help prepare me, so I can focus just on basketball and maturing,” Robinson added.

His long-term gain is one of college basketball’s loss.


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