Mitchell Robinson has left Western Kentucky for the second time since enrolling this summer. He originally left the school this summer and took visits to a few schools, most notably Kansas. This time he has decided to leave school for the final time and begin preparing for the 2018 NBA Draft. Robinson is someone who is projected in the lottery on most draft boards before the season begins. As this whole saga has unfolded throughout the summer his stock has begun to slip. His inability to decide what he wants to do this year has certaintly raised red flags among teams and scouts.
One high-ranking NBA exec on Mitchell Robinson: “He’s a huge red flag. … and I’m not sure he’s even that good.”
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) September 18, 2017
Robinson was someone who entered school as a raw but athletic big with the ability to protect the rim. Of all the freshman expected to enter the draft he may be the one who most needed game minutes. Before entering the NBA getting game exposure at the college level is important for young players. Scouts also could use the film of him in game situations to get a better understanding of where he falls amongst other prospects. Mitchell Robinson will obviously improve his game for the course of the next nine months. For him to go as high as he believes is possible he will need to play five-on-five as much as possible. As the year goes on it will be interesting to see if scouts go check in on him and the feedback that is leaked on how he looks.