Mitchell Robinson Expected to Return to WKU for the Coming Season

MITCHELL ROBINSON Photo | Brian Spurlock | USA TODAY Sports

In what may be one of the wildest recruiting processes in recent years, five-star Mitchell Robinson is expected to enroll at Western Kentucky on Monday, making him immediately eligible for the coming season, multiple sources confirmed to WBKO.

Robinson, who is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 9 overall player in the Class of 2017, is considered the highest rated recruit in the school’s history. He participated in both the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic earlier this year.

As the silent top 10 member in the 2017 class, Robinson had 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.

Williams unexpectedly resigned from his assistant coaching position at WKU in July. Shortly after, Robinson cleaned out his dorm room and left campus. The five-star forward left Western Kentucky on July 28 and officially received his release from the school on August 1.

Robinson visited LSU, Kansas and most recently New Orleans, ultimately returning to Western Kentucky for what should be his only season in college.

Most believed Robinson would need a waiver from the NCAA to play immediately. Reports surfaced that he had options to potentially play overseas or he could skip playing altogether and spend the next ten months preparing for the 2018 NBA draft.

Mitchell’s return means Western Kentucky finishes with the number seven recruiting class in 2017, and maybe most importantly, the entire country gets to see one of the top freshman in the on the court for at least one season.


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