Mitchell Robinson looks to have left Western Kentucky
Last summer, 5-star prospect Mitchell Robinson shocked the college basketball world by giving his commitment to Rick Stansbury and the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers.
Today, Robinson’s time with the program appears to have ended.
Reports have surfaced that the talented center has cleaned out his dorm room and left the Western Kentucky campus where he had already been taking summer school classes and practicing with the team.
Western Kentucky coaches have been unable to reach Robinson.
Earlier this month, the man largely responsible for Robinson’s commitment, assistant coach Shammond Williams, who happens to be the godfather of Robinson, resigned abruptly.
That led to rumors that Robinson could follow, but Robinson’s mother shot those rumors down by saying that her son remained committed to the Hilltoppers.
It’s worth noting that twelve days after initially committing to the program, Robinson was in the news after tweeting out that he was decommitting from WKU and further exploring his options. The tweet was deleted quickly and Robinson claimed he was hacked.
This move muddies the waters for both the Western Kentucky program and for Robinson himself.
Because Robinson has signed his National Letter of Intent, he would have to be released from his NLI and receive a waiver from the NCAA in order to compete for another Division One school this season.
If that happens, it’s been reported that LSU and Kentucky are in play for the Top 10 recruit.
If Robinson fails to secure his release, he could either head overseas for a year or perhaps even attempt to play in the NBA’s G-League this season in advance of the 2018 NBA Draft.