Kentucky Basketball Recruiting: Would Calipari want 2017 Five-Star Center Mitchell Robinson in Lexington?

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 29: Mitchell Robinson
CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 29: Mitchell Robinson /

Mitchell Robinson, the fifth rated player in the class of 2017, has left Western Kentucky University. His destination is unknown, but Kentucky Basketball is an option.

When a top five player announces that he is attending a school like Western Kentucky, eyebrows were raised. Not to knock the Hilltoppers, but five star centers don’t usually pick schools in the Conference USA. Now, Mitchell Robinson has left the WKU campus and is said to be headed elsewhere. But, no one really knows where his destination is. Can Kentucky Basketball pull another one out of the hat?

The Mitchell Robinson recruitment is interesting. As a seven footer, Robinson didn’t have many offers on the table from big time schools. He is the top rated center in the class of 2017. Generally, every player in the top 10 would be smothered with offers. But with Robinson, that’s not the case.

Robinson committed to Texas A&M in October of 2016, then decommitted just seven months later in April 2017. Robinson then committed to Coach Rick Stansbury at Western Kentucky. The rest is history.

Here’s to you Mr. Robinson

Mitchell Robinson is now looking for a new school after leaving the Bowling Green campus. Many believe that Robinson has intentions of headed home to play at LSU. It doesn’t seem likely that Robinson will be headed to Lexington, but the possibility is still there.

It’s not likely due to the fact that Robinson never received an offer from John Calipari in the first place. With that, one must assume Calipari didn’t like what he saw in the character of Robinson. It looks as though Calipari’s gut feeling was correct. If a top ranked player commits to a school like Western Kentucky and just up and leaves, his character is going to be questioned.

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This is not a knock on Robinson as a person or player. It just doesn’t look real pleasing to the eye without any details. Now, with the big man technically on the market again, who will get the call?