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Mitchell Robinson Granted Release From Western Kentucky

MITCHELL ROBINSON Photo | Brian Spurlock | USA TODAY Sports

Incoming five-star freshman center Mitchell Robinson has been granted his release from Western Kentucky, as was first reported by Rob Dauster.

“WKU freshman center Mitchell Robinson has been granted his release to transfer from the Hilltopper program,” head coach Rick Stansbury said in a statement. “After discussing Mitchell’s future with him Monday evening, we agreed that it would be best for both sides to allow him to move in a different direction. As I’ve said before, Mitchell is a great kid, and we wish him well going forward.”

Robinson can transfer to any school outside of Conference USA. Whether he will be eligible is still to be determined, but most reports believe the big man will be required to sit one year prior to being eligible to play.

That brings up the question of why? Why would Robinson make the decision to leave Western understanding that he may be ineligible to participate during the 2017-18 season. Mitchell is projected by most as a one-and-done and a first round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

If Robinson truly wanted to play college basketball, one season at Western may have been his only option. He could transfer to a DII school or take the Emmanuel Mudiay route and play overseas for one season. He could choose not to play at all and work on his game in preparation for the 2018 NBA Draft. Despite his late decision, he has options, including transferring to a school and sitting a year if declared ineligible.

Robinson was the silent man in the 2017 class top 10 with very little fanfare surrounding his recruitment. Initially committed to Texas A&M where Stansbury was the lead recruiter, Robinson reopened his recruitment when Stansbury took the head coaching job at Western Kentucky.

On June 22 of last year, Stansbury hired Robinson’s Godfather and former UNC standout, Shammond Williams as an assistant coach. Seven days later Robinson followed, committing to the Hilltoppers and giving Rick Stansbury a Top 10 recruiting class heading into his second year at the helm.

Tuesday the top player in that heralded freshman class officially received his release. What Robinson’s next step will be is an interesting decision. For now it appears a McDonald’s All-American and top ten player will not see the court during the 2017-18 season.

 

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