5-Star Prospect Mitchell Robinson Reportedly May Skip Season, Wait for NBA Draft

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistAugust 20, 2017

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After committing to Western Kentucky and leaving before playing a minute, Mitchell Robinson might sit out the entire 2017-18 season.

According to Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports, the 5-star recruit has visited multiple programs since being granted his release, but could instead just choose to prepare for the 2018 NBA draft.

The player's camp reportedly believes he can remain a top-10 pick after sitting out the full season.

Robinson originally committed to the Hilltoppers in June, but several coaching changes have since taken place, including the removal of his godfather, Shammond Williams.

He left the team just two weeks into the summer semester after participating in a handful of practices. While he was originally suspended by the coaching staff, he was eventually granted his release.

The 7'0" center has visited Kansas, New Orleans and LSU, although Jesse Newell of the Kansas City Star noted the Jayhawks might choose not to fill their open scholarship. Now he is apparently considering a different approach instead of participating in the college basketball season.

Per Scout.com, Robinson is the best center in the 2017 class and the No. 9 player overall, featuring plenty of upside thanks to his ability to dominate in the paint on both ends of the court. With his talent, the McDonald's All-American can be an impact player for any college in the country.

Whether he plays this season or sits out, there is little doubt he would be selected high in the first round of the NBA draft.