When you look at high school basketball recruiting databases across the media world you often see the likes of Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Arizona, UCLA, Kansas and Michigan State litter the top 10-20 recruits with some other big name schools like Texas, Louisville, Oregon and UConn get some recognition also. But if you check out the top 10 recruits in the class of 2017, Western Kentucky pops up and they’re not a school not known to be among the college basketball elite.
When Western Kentucky secured the talents of consensus top 10, five-star recruit Mitchell Robinson, many praised the program for securing quite possibly the biggest recruit in their school’s history. Robinson went to Chalmette High School in Louisiana where he ended the class of 2017 rankings as the eighth overall prospect and the top center in the country. But two short weeks after reporting to campus, he’s gone. In a situation that could be similar to the scenario top recruit Michael Porter Jr found himself in earlier this year, Robinson finds himself departing a school shortly after a person he was close with left that school.
Following comes from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish of CBS Sports.
Western Kentucky freshman Mitchell Robinson has left campus, source told ESPN. Will be interesting to see if he is persuaded to return.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) July 28, 2017
Mitchell Robinson’s room at WKU has been “cleaned out,” a source told @CBSSports. The 5-star freshman’s future at WKU is very much in doubt.
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) July 28, 2017
Evan Daniels of Scout has more information on Robinson leaving.
Western Kentucky’s prized recruit and five-star prospect Mitchell Robinson has left campus, multiple sources informed Scout.
Although there hasn’t been official confirmation that Robinson will transfer, two independent sources indicated that’s his plan.
“He’s gone,” one source told Scout.
Robinson was on campus for summer school and participated in practice this week in preparation for the Hilltoppers foreign tour to Costa Rica.
Robinson, WKU’s highest rated recruit in school history, cleaned out his dorm and was picked up from campus after midnight on Thursday, according to a source.
Former WKU assistant and North Carolina star Shammond Williams was the lead recruiter for Robinson and also happens to be his Godfather. (Williams) resigned from his assistant coaching position earlier this month.