Five-star center Mitchell Robinson, a McDonald’s All-American who is ranked eighth on 247Sports.com’s list of top recruits, surprised many when he committed to Western Kentucky. After leaving the Hilltoppers, he may not see the floor at all in the 2017-18 season.
Robinson has made an unofficial visit to LSU (per Zagsblog.com) and multiple reports Monday (including by the Kansas City Star) said he will soon visit Kansas. Even if he signs quickly with another program, he will still need a waiver from the NCAA to be eligible to play next season because he attended summer classes and practices at WKU. A source told the Star that Robinson receiving the waiver would be “a longshot.”
Without the waiver, Robinson will be considered a transfer student and thus will have to sit out a year.
Signing Robinson would be a relief for Kansas, which has a scholarship open after forward Jack Whitman quit the team in late July. The Jayhawks currently have only three big men on their roster.
Western Kentucky granted Robinson his release on Aug. 1 after he was suspended for violating team rules. The Bowling Green (Ky.) Daily News reported he disappeared from class and left school in late July without communicating with anyone associated with the program.
WKU coach Rick Stansbury said in a statement (via the Bowling Green Daily News) that he and Mitchell “agreed that it would be best for both sides to allow him to move in a different direction.”