It appears that Mitchell Robinson, a 5-star recruit who played center on the for the Big East at the 2017 McDonald’s All-American Game, may be decommitting from Western Kentucky (WKU). Jeff Goodman of ESPN is reporting that Robinson “has left campus”, while scout.com says he “cleaned out his dorm and was picked up from campus after midnight on Thursday”.
Robinson decommited once before, leaving Texas A&M to follow coach Rick Stansbury to the WKU. He signed a letter of intent on November 15, 2016, but since then, there have been rumblings that he might not be happy at the school. These rumors escalated after his godfather Shammond Williams left the staff in early July.
Of course, Robinson will still need to deal with the school. If the 7 foot big man from Pensacola, FL, still wants to play in college next year, he’ll need WKU to release him. Otherwise, he can play overseas for a year and then declare himself in the 2018 NBA draft. It’s unfortunate that the situation has ended this way; back in June, Ricky O’Donnell of SB Nation
called Robinson “the superstar [Stansbury’s] been chasing his entire career”.
As for Robinson’s professional prospects, DraftExpress
says that “he’s continued to grow into his late teens, adding 18 pounds to his frame since the USA Basketball U18 Training Camp last June” and “has a unique combination of reach, length and frame that is very similar to that of a young Serge Ibaka”. Their scouting reports called him a “terrific rim-runner” who’s “quick off his feet ” with “tremendous potential as a pick and roll defender”.
Unfortunately, Robinson’s extremely unpolished, has a low basketball IQ and needs to put on strength. Although those are all things that could be fixed with time, scouts say he “doesn’t always appear to have the most serious approach”.