Mitchell Robinson’s recruitment took another strange turn over the weekend.
The 7-foot- McDonald’s All-American center and potential lottery pick has returned to Western Kentucky to play his freshman season, according to Scout.
If he does, this will go down as one of the weirdest recruitments that I can remember. Let’s recap it, shall we? Robinson committed to Rick Stansbury and Western Kentucky last summer, just a couple of weeks after Robinson’s godfather, Shammond Williams, was hired as an assistant coach with the program. He signed in November and enrolled for summer school in July, but after just a couple of weeks of classes, Robinson left school and received a release to transfer from the program. He visited Kansas, LSU and New Orleans, but since he was technically a transfer and would have to sit out the 2017-18 season, those deals all fell through.
Which left Robinson in a difficult spot.
He could sit out the season and train for the NBA Draft, which is what it was reported he was considering doing last week. He could try and find a professional team to play for, either in the G League or overseas. Or, and this was probably always the smartest move, he could tuck his tail between his legs and return to WKU.
And if he does end up staying and playing for WKU all year long, it will be the first time in this whole saga that he actually did what he was expected to do.